Maria Sakkari Makes Tennis History At US Open And Might Be A Greek Goddess

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Meet 26-year-old Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari.

Maria Sakkari waves to the crowd
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She won a commanding match against No. 4 Karolina Pliskova to advance to the the Women's Semifinal at the US Open.

She is now the first Greek woman to ever appear in the women's singles semifinals at the US Open.

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She also was the first Greek woman to reach the French Open semifinal. She has been a top-25 player since 2019, but could never break past the quarterfinals until this year.

Maria Sakkari screams in celebration
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She has managed to beat a handful of talented opponents at the US Open, like No. 6 Bianca Andreescu and No. 10 Petra Kvitova...back-to-back!

Maria Sakkari hugs Petra Kvitova after win
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She's known for her aggressive forehands and powerful serves. I mean, just look at those arms.

Maria Sakkari hits backhand while muscles flex
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Her jacked physique could have something to do with her crediting the "Spartan spirit" mindset her father has taught her over the years.

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No, no, no...I think she means this type of "Spartan spirit":

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Although, she's rather a kindhearted Spartan. Check out this sweet moment of her and a ball boy at the French Open:

It has been a magical run for Sakkari, but she needs two more wins to wrap up an incredible year. It's safe to say she will bring the intensity.

Maria Sakkari yells in celebration
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Do you think Sakkari will win it all? Maybe one of the younger semifinalists will shock the world?