Maria Sakkari has been one of the most consistent players on the WTA tour for the past several years. In 2021, Sakkari reached the semifinals in two major tournaments, even holding match point at Roland Garros. However, as seems to be an unfortunate pattern, Sakkari could not manage to take home the title.
Sakkari has qualified for the last two editions of the WTA Finals and has a career-high ranking of No. 3. Since 2021, Sakkari has made at least 20 semifinals in WTA events. However, she only holds one career singles title on the WTA tour. And this came way back in 2019 at the Morocco Open in Rabat.
Perhaps unfairly, Sakkari has been criticized for mental frailty in the business ends of tournaments. But until she proves otherwise and wins a few tournaments, the stigma will likely linger. Plus, as she struggles to win any tournament at all, how can she be expected to win a Grand Slam at this point?
Maria Sakkari ranks number 9 in the top ten WTA players who have yet to win a major
Sakkari is an extremely talented player and is one of the most athletic players on tour. She is a fiery competitor, is capable of serving players off the court, and can play both offense and defense. However, her fire sometimes burns out of control. She can allow her emotions to cloud her judgment and prevent her from swinging freely in the tight moments of an important match.
In addition, it seems Sakkari’s play is on a downward trajectory. While still in the top 10 of the WTA rankings, she sits at No.19 in the WTA yearly race. Sakkari has become much more inconsistent this year, and while she is incredibly talented, it is difficult seeing her lift a major trophy.
Likelihood to win a Slam: Not Likely
Top Ten Countdown so far:
Number 10 – Paula Badosa
Number 9 – Maria Sakkari