Maria Sakkari fought to avoid early exclusion from the Dubai Tennis Championships, but “paid” for her bad start and was defeated by an excellent Barbora Krejcikova in Dubai.
Sakkari suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (4) defeat by Krejcikova in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships after 1 hour and 48 minutes of fighting and said goodbye to Dubai very early.
Unlike most of her games this year, Maria took a long time to bring her good face to the surface. He made a lot of mistakes, stopping at 35 effortless mistakes, while he had only 11 winners in the whole game and suffered 5 breaks.
Especially in the first hour of the match, she looked completely disorganized, when she had an excellent and well-read player in front of her. The 25-year-old Czech won 8 of the first 10 games of the match and was ahead 6-2, 2-0.
Sakkari almost lost the next game and was left behind with a double break at the beginning of the 2nd set, but erased 2 break points and reduced to 2-1. This kind of gave her a “pulse” and in the following minutes she began to resist more and more.
She had a lost break point in the 6th and 8th game, with Krejcikova “standing” and making it 4-2 and 5-3 respectively. After erasing a match point in her serve, reducing to 5-4, Sakkari finally reached the break back in the 10th game, tying the score at 5-5.
In the next game, the Greek did not keep her serve and was left behind again, but with a new break and without losing a point, she reached 6-6. He may not have been ahead at any point in the second set, but he had changed the game and brought it into balance.
Her counterattack, however, proved to be slow enough to fail to “save” her course in the tournament, as Krejcikova managed to lead 3-1 in the tie-break and put enough pressure on Sakkari, who held the difference at low levels but could not return to the tie-break. One match point was enough for the Czech Republic to make it 7-4 and “lock” its victory.
Krejcikova will be waiting for one of Jelena Ostapenko and Patricia Maria Tig, for the 2nd round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
For Sakkari, this was her 2nd defeat in her premiere in a tournament for 2021, after the Australian Open, and the worst in terms of the ranking of an opponent player, since Krejcikova is at No. 63 in the world.
The top Greek tennis player is expected to return to Athens after passing through Doha and Dubai, as her next scheduled tournament is the Miami Open in the United States, which starts in the last week of March.