Maria Sakkari issues update after heartbreaking US Open breakdown

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Maria Sakkari issues update after heartbreaking US Open breakdown
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Maria Sakkari expressed her deepest gratitude to everyone who reached out with kind words after her US Open breakdown. Sakkari, ranked at No 9 in the world, broke down in tears after suffering a 4-6 4-6 loss to Rebeka Masarova in the US Open first round.

For Sakkari, it was her third consecutive first-round exit in a Grand Slam tournament. Sakkari was visibly crushed after her US Open exit and hinted she might decide to take a break from tennis. But this week – just two weeks after what happened at the US Open – Sakkari is competing at the San Diego Open.

“I didn’t know it was being recorded. I didn’t know it was going to get as big as it got, especially back home. The amount of messages, love, & support from people back home & from a lot of my colleagues was very nice.

I’m very thankful that I have people on the tour that support me like that. That was the main reason why I decided I want to keep going. They gave me a lot of strength. That was one of the nicest things I’ve felt in my career,” Sakkari said, via The Tennis Letter.

Sakkari was crushed after her US Open exit

Prior to her US Open first-round match, Sakkari said she was just focused on her opening match and finally winning a Grand Slam match.

Against Masarova, Sakkari started with a 4-1 lead and everything looked fine. But then, Sakkari seemingly suffered a mental block that has been hampering her at the Grand Slam level for some time now. “I was very nervous, I don’t know what I’m going to do, I really don’t know, it’s always the same.

Maybe I should take a break, I’m suffering on the court. I can’t make a decision now, it’s hard. I don’t have a clear mind,” Sakkari told SDNA after her US Open exit.

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