Maria Sakkari was keeping her match strategy well under wraps after crushing Naomi Osaka 6-0, 6-4 to become the second Greek woman into the MIami Masters semi-finals.

The No. 25 followed on from compatriot Eleni Daniildou, who reached the final four in 2004 against Serena Williams.

Sakkari credited her coaches for preparing her for the Osaka match but remained tight-lipped when talk of tactics surfaced.

“Tennis-wise it was not the best I’ve ever played in my life,” she said. “But I executed the strategy really – and no, I won’t say what the strategy was.”

The Greek added: “I did what I had to do. There were a few (second-set games after trailing 4-2) when things didn’t go perfectly; but it all came down to execution.”

Sakkari said that saving six match points in the previous round was a major boost: “It really helped my confidence.

“Coming into this match, I felt good about my tennis,”

The winner who will next face either for US Open winner Bianca Andreescu or Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, confessed that she has now fully “recovered” from her two weeks of harsh pre-Australian Open lockdown.

“Being stuck in quarantine for two weeks inside your room is not a nice thing, You can’t properly work out or hit any balls.

“I felt like I lost my identity and my game, it took some time to rebuild that again.

“But we can all see the result – I’m myself again on court.”


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