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

    Two major semifinals in one year!

    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.

    Maria Sakkari is into the #USOpen semifinals!

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

    Maria Sakkari hitting a backhand
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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:

    Kindness always wins ❤️ Lovely gesture by, @mariasakkari 🥰 #RolandGarros

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    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?