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French Open 2021: Fourth Seed Sofia Kenin Dumped Out by Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari (Photo Credit: AP)

Maria Sakkari (Photo Credit: AP)

Maria Sakkari shocks 4th seed Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Greece’s Maria Sakkari demolished last year’s French Open runner-up Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-3 on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The world number 18 needed just 68 minutes to defeat the fourth-seeded American and set up a clash with reigning champion Iga Swiatek or Ukrainian teenager Marta Kostyuk for a place in the last four.

Sakkari broke Kenin six times as the 2020 Australian Open winner committed 32 unforced errors and served nine double faults.

“I’m speechless. I love Paris. I’m having a great time and I don’t want to leave anytime soon," said Sakkari, who reached the last 16 in Melbourne and New York last year.

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“I’m actually enjoying myself, that’s the most important thing. I’m not actually torturing myself when I’m on court."

The win over Kenin was Sakkari’s third win over a top-five player this season. It also left eighth seed Swiatek as the highest-ranked player left in the women’s draw.

“The match before yesterday gave me a lot of confidence," said Sakkari, who beat 14th seed Elise Mertens in three sets in the previous round.

“I played really good tennis and so today I was really ready for a battle."

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