Maria Sakkari news: ‘I work my entire life to get to this,’ says Greek after reaching maiden WTA 1000 final

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Delight for Maria Sakkari

It has been a long time coming for Maria Sakkari, but the Greek can finally call herself a WTA 1000 finalist after beating Paula Badosa in the BNP Paribas Open semi-final.

Having reached four WTA 1000 semi-finals before Indian Wells, she went one better with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 win in the California desert to end Badosa’s defence of her title.

The sixth seed made a poor start to the match as she lost her serve in the opening game, but broke twice as she won four games in a row and ended up dominating the set.

Badosa broke to love in game three and, although Sakkari drew level again the next game, the Spaniard got another break to take it to a decider.

The Greek then took charge of the third set with three breaks of serve.

“I work my entire life to get to this, to the late stages of the tournaments. It means a lot to me,” Sakkari, who will face third seed Iga Swiatek in the final.

She added: “I know Iga really well… She’s an unbelievable player. I respect her a lot and I admire her game. It’s just going to be an unbelievable fight for both of us and a very tough match for both of us.”