Maria Sakkari Credits Spartan Spirit After Incredible Comeback at San Jose (video)

Maria Sakkari, the Greek tennis champion, pulled off an incredible comeback against top seed Elina Svitolina to become the second semifinalist at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

Trailing 6-1, 5-2, Sakkari saved four match points to force a decider, and later came from a break down to seal an improbable 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 comeback over the top seed in the last eight.

“I was one step away from losing,” Sakkari said after the match. “I’m very excited that I managed to turn the score around and be back in the semifinal here in San Jose. I have great memories from last year, so it’s super nice to be back.”

“I don’t know where I found this power, probably deep inside. I’m a Spartan,” she said to the cheers of the San Jose crowd.

Sakkari will ow face Chinese champion S. Zheng in Saturday’s semi-final.