It has been a very long time coming for Maria Sakkari, however the Greek can lastly name herself a WTA 1000 finalist after beating Paula Badosa within the BNP Paribas Open semi-final.
Having reached 4 WTA 1000 semi-finals earlier than Indian Wells, she went one higher with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win within the California desert to finish Badosa’s defence of her title.
last of her profession
@mariasakkari stuns the defending champion Badosa in three units!#IndianWells pic.twitter.com/w8S2kAG11j
— wta (@WTA) March 19, 2022
The sixth seed made a poor begin to the match as she misplaced her serve within the opening recreation, however broke twice as she gained 4 video games in a row and ended up dominating the set.
Badosa broke to like in recreation three and, though Sakkari drew stage once more the subsequent recreation, the Spaniard received one other break to take it to a decider.
The Greek then took cost of the third set with three breaks of serve.
“I work my complete life to get to this, to the late phases of the tournaments. It means loads to me,” Sakkari, who will face third seed Iga Swiatek within the last.
She added: “I do know Iga very well… She’s an unbelievable participant. I respect her loads and I like her recreation. It’s simply going to be an unbelievable struggle for each of us and a really robust match for each of us.”