Sakkari downs Dolehide for WTA Guadalajara title

Second-seeded Maria Sakkari ended her four-year wait for a sec­ond WTA title on Saturday, beating Caroline Dolehide 7-5, 6-3 to win the 1000 level Guadalajara Open.


Greece’s Sakkari, ranked ninth in the world, had come up empty in six finals since her breakthrough victory in Rabat in 2019.


That included the Guadalajara final last year, when she lost to Amer­ican Jessica Pegula, and a loss to Coco Gauff in the final at Washington this year.


An emotional Sakkari thanked her coach of five years, noting they’d waited “more than four years for a second title.


“We’ve heard so many bad things — that I will never win a title, that I’m a top-five player with only winning one title, that was very hard for me to overcome,” she said. “I’m so happy that I did it here this week.”


The victory came less than a month after Sakkari was unceremo­niously dumped from the first round of the US Open, her third straight first-round exit at a Grand Slam.


Sakkari had said at Flushing Meadows she was “suffering on the court” and was “uncertain” about what to do about it. — AFP