“Rafael Nadal celebrates exactly like this and nobody bats an eyelid” – Tennis fans defend Maria Sakkari from naysayers criticizing her on-court celebration

Maria Sakkari found a lot of support from fans who supported and defended her after others criticized her for a harmless celebration after her crucial victory against Danielle Collins on Thursday at the Guadalajara Open. An understandably pumped Sakkari celebrated with many fist pumps after staying alive in the race for the 2022 WTA Finals by beating Collins.

Sakkari won the Round of 16 match in three sets after losing the opening set against the in-form American. A loss would have ended Sakkari’s hopes of clinching the final spot for the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, set to begin later this month.

While many Twitter users criticized Sakkari for celebrating so strongly after clinching the match point, several others rushed to the Greek superstar’s defense, suggesting that the matter was being blown out of proportion. They also highlighted that many other players celebrate in a similar fashion.
“Rafael Nadal celebrates exactly like this after epic matches and nobody bats an eyelid. Why are people annoyed about this?” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“I mean… what is problematic here? She celebrates a hard-fought win, a match that keeps her alive in the Race, and after a few frustrating losses recently! I seriously have no idea why people are debating over this celebration?!” another fan expressed.

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