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Maria Sakkari US Open 2021

‘I wouldn’t call myself favourite,’ says Maria Sakkari ahead of Emma Raducanu clash

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Maria Sakkari was quick to dismiss any suggestion that she will come into the US Open semi-final as favourite against 18-year-old Emma Raducanu. 

The Greek star dispatched Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova in straight sets 6-4 6-4 to move just two matches away from a maiden Slam victory.

Next, Sakkari will face the 18-year-old Brit who has taken this year’s US Open by storm, most recently defeating Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic in straight sets.

The Greek, who also reached the semi-final stage at the French Open this year, is relishing the chance to take on Raducanu despite  knowing very little about her opponent.

“She’s a new player on tour so I don’t know much about her,” Sakkari said in her on-court interview after the match.

“Obviously she’s having the tournament of her life. She deserves to be here. She has won all these matches.

“But I wouldn’t call myself the favourite. I think we all have equal chances of winning the semi-finals and then winning the title. I would give 25 per cent to each starting tomorrow, then 50 to the two finalists.

“We are all here for a reason. We’re all playing well. It was not like we had five walkovers. I’m excited to play a second semi-final this year.”

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