Maria Sakkari admits there were moments throughout the season when she was “panic” and didn’t know what to do. After posting several notable results earlier in the season, Sakkari achieved a career-high ranking of No. 3 in March.
Then, between April and September, Sakkari experienced a major drop in form and mostly quit tournaments very early. Sakkari, who has been working with coach Tom Hill since 2018, now admits she is glad she did not make radical decisions.
“Of course, there were moments during the season when I was panicking, I didn’t know what to do. But the most important thing for me was that I had the same people by my side and people I trust. I think that in my If only by chance changing around me, that would be a mistake for me.
The key for me was trusting everyone besides me. This is something I am very thankful and grateful for. I think that helped me get through this difficult period that I had,” Sakkari told the WTA website.
Sakkari started playing better
In October, Sakkari qualified for two finals – in Parma and Guadalajara.
In both finals, Sakkari ended up on the losing side. However, these two finals helped Sakkara win one of the last spots in the WTA Finals. The 2022 season has not been ideal for Sakkari, but she believes she deserves to reach the WTA Finals.
“I believed that I would find my rhythm again after I stopped this season. That’s how I personally believe and I think that everyone around me thinks the same way, that when you have a level, you go to find it again.
My time in Mexico has come. I just played a very good tournament. I was almost there. It wasn’t like I was far back from last place. I was only two points away from it. I believe I earned it and I deserve to be here.
It was just a weird year that it could happen to anyone.” Sakkari was placed in a group with Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula and Aryna Sabalenka.