Maria Sakkari could smell ‘weed’ during shock first-round loss

Maria Sakkari made it to the semi-finals of the US Open in 2021

US Open 2023

Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 August-10 September

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World quantity eight Maria Sakkari mentioned she may scent “weed” on court docket throughout her straight-set loss to Rebeka Masarova on the US Open.

Sakkari, 28, was overwhelmed 6-4 6-4 by the Spanish world quantity 71 within the first spherical of the ultimate Grand Slam of the 12 months.

The Greek was main 4-1 within the first set at Flushing Meadows when she signalled to the umpire of the scent.

“Oh my god… I believe it is from the park”, mentioned Sakkari.

Hashish is a Class B drug within the UK and is illegitimate to own, distribute, promote or develop however it’s authorized in New York State for adults 21 and older.

Sakkari’s loss was her third successive first-round exit at a Grand Slam, as she additionally fell on the first hurdle on the French Open and Wimbledon this 12 months.

Regardless of making her criticism to the umpire through the defeat, Sakkari insisted she was not utilizing the scent as an excuse.

Sakkari mentioned in her post-match information convention: “We have been practising right here yesterday and it was the identical. It wasn’t the scent that affected the scoring.

“It was only a remark as a result of it was smelling rather a lot, but it surely has nothing to do with the match.”

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