The sixth seed of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 from Greece Maria Sakkari managed to score a win over the qualifier from Russia Vitalia Diatchenko – 3/6, 6/4, 7/6(3). The match lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes. Sakkari saved the match from 2/5 in the 3rd set. Diatchenko made double fault on her match point and finished the match also with double fault at the decisive tie-break.
«I just fought hard during this match. It was pretty bad. But fighting is all I need. My coach said that I just have to put more intensity to my game and stop beating myself», – said Maria after the match.
In the next round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2020 Maria Sakkari will face the winner of the match Alize Cornet (France) vs Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia).