TOKYO (Reuters) – After a serving of cake with her teammates, Greece’s Maria Sakkari celebrated her 26th birthday with an outright 6-1 6-2 victory over Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic in the second round of the Tokyo Games on Monday.
Sakkari, born July 25, said the victory was one of the best gifts she could have afforded herself.
“To spend my birthday here (at the Games), I don’t know if it will happen again in my life,” she told reporters.
“It was quite unique and very nice to be here and to celebrate with my colleagues and the rest of the Greek team. They had a really nice surprise for me yesterday, and it was very kind of them. C ‘is very special. “
Sakkari, ranked 19th in the world, said her Greek teammates surprised her with a cake, an unexpected treat at an Olympics held under strict coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
“Nothing fancy but, you know, the best they could under the circumstances. But it was really nice of them and I really enjoyed it.”
Sakkari said she was also looking forward to competing in the mixed doubles with her compatriot and men’s world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“We know each other very well … and we are both very motivated to play together. Of course, I can’t predict that we will get a medal. We will do our best and I think we are giving each other the best chance. possible. ”
(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)