Maria Sakkari did not leave the slightest room for reaction to Liudmila Samsonova, crushed her 6-0, 6-1 and qualified in an emphatic way for the 1st time in the “16” best of the Miami Open.
Maria Sakkari did not underestimate Liudmila Samsonova for a moment, who was coming off four consecutive victories in Miami – including wins over Camila Giorgi and Kiki Bertens – to celebrate a crushing victory in just 67 minutes.
Sakkari won 19 of 23 points on her first serves. However, she found some difficulties behind her second serve and faced break point 5 times in the match, but managed to prevent the Russian from breaking all 5 times.
In general, the top Greek tennis player was very focused on every point and managed to maintain the same fighting spirit from start to finish, despite the fact that the scoreboard looked like she was having an easy morning.
Typical of the way Maria handled the match, was the fact that in the 5th game of the 2nd set, when the 22-year-old Samsonova finally took her first game after losing 10 games in a row, she had to erase a double break point and finally prevailed after 5 draws and 4 lost game points!
All this only to be answered with a love service game by Maria, who made it 6-1 with a new break in the 7th game, her 6th break of the match, in 14 chances in total.
For the first time, Sakkari qualified for the 4th round of the Miami Open, who continues her very good year in America. Today she achieved her 10th win of 2021, in 15 matches.
In the 4th round, which will take place tomorrow, she will face either Karolina Pliskova, No.6 in the rankings, or Jessica Pegula, No.29 in the rankings, in what will no doubt be a tougher assignment.