Tennis: Greece’s Maria Sakkari Moves into Roland Garros Third Round (video)



Greece’s Maria Sakkari moved into the Roland Garros third round for the first time in her career with an impressive 7-5, 6-3 victory over Spanish No. 23 seed Carla Suarez Navarro on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old world No. 38 next takes on Russian No. 14 seed Daria Kasatkina, who survived a bizarre last-minute court change and beat the darkness by completing a 6-3, 6-3 win against Kirsten Flipkens just before sunset.

Sakkari has now made the third round in four of her last six Grand Slams and is looking to make the second week at a major for the first time.

“I know I have a very tough match in the next round, playing Daria. It’s going to be a battle because she’s playing well this year. It’s actually my third year now on the tour and I’m feeling much better and now more confidence on the clay as well. I’m ready to make the next step, I will give my best and if the result doesn’t come this week, I’m sure it will come next time,” Sakkari told Sport360 following her second round triumph.

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