Mexico Team World Cup | Ill be rooting for them, Sakkari says as he arrives in Guadalajara 2022
Mexico Team World Cup
‘I’ll be rooting for Mexico Team World Cup,’ Sakkari says as he arrives in Guadalajara. On Saturday, Maria Sakkari and Marie Bouzkova will compete for the attention of the public in the semifinals of the Guadalajara Open Akron.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico loves Maria Sakkari, and Maria Sakkari adores Mexico, to the point that the Greek superstar has promised her allegiance to El Tri for the 2019 World Cup.
“There’s something unique about this event, about the people, about how I feel about this location,” Sakkari told reporters after reaching the quarterfinals of the Akron Guadalajara Open and securing the last qualifying position for the WTA Finals at the Mexico Team World Cup.
“I informed my Mexican friends here that I’ll be rooting for Mexico at the World Cup since Greece did not qualify.” “I will vote for my second favorite nation.”
Sakkari’s relationship to Mexico started last autumn, when the WTA Finals were held in Guadalajara. Sakkari progressed to the semifinals in her tournament debut as the No.4 seed. Her muscular and emotional manner captivated a rowdy audience and rapidly turned her into a fan favorite.
It was a shared sentiment.
“Every day, I see all the restaurants crowded,” Sakkari remarked. “That reminds me of Greece.” They like going out on any given Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday at the Mexico Team World Cup. They like listening to music.
“You’re gregarious. You like nice meals. You enjoy the good life as much as we do, in a positive manner. Everything, I mean. You’re as enthusiastic as we are.”
Sakkari tapped into the battling spirit that propelled her to a career-high position of No.3 earlier in the year, with Greek flags flying throughout the stadium and supporters young and old yelling their support on the Mexico Team World Cup. Sakkari dug deep on Friday to save 14 of 15 break chances to fend off Veronika Kudermetova and progress to her second WTA 1000 semifinal of the season in a one-match play-off for the last slot at the WTA Finals.
Sakkari qualifies for the WTA Finals in Fort Worth.
“Last year I had some extremely meaningful experiences here,” Sakkari remarked after defeating Marta Kostyuk in the first round. “Obviously, I didn’t make it all the way to the conclusion.” Even though I lost, I believe it was a really unique match.
“From the first match I played to the last, the atmosphere was fantastic.” When I returned here, I simply felt like I wanted to feel that way again. Everyone today demonstrated to me that it is the same as it was last year.”
Sakkari will play No.38 Marie Bouzkova in Saturday’s semifinal at the Mexico Team World Cup, and if anybody can compete for the crowd’s enthusiasm, it is the Czech. Bouzkova has had the most success in Guadalajara, winning more matches than any other player in the city. Bouzkova, who trains in Spain, has already reached four Guadalajara semifinals: the WTA 125K in 2019, the WTA 250 in 2021 and 2022, and now the WTA 1000. Her achievements and proficiency in Spanish have won her fans among the locals.
When questioned about the divide in audience support for Saturday, Bouzkova stated, “I believe it’s going to be wonderful, that she’s going to have the support, amazing crowd behind her as well at the Mexico Team World Cup.” “It simply adds to the pleasant mood.” That’s why we like playing in the night hours so much.
“Yeah, I just hope I have that support as well.” That match tomorrow, I believe, will be plenty of intensity. “I’m quite thrilled about it.
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