No matter who Sakkari ends up facing in her first major quarter-final, she'll come in buoyed by self-belief, which she partially attributes to her three-set victory over Elise Mertens in round three.
"Especially after winning that match against Elise, playing the way I did, I think it was an extremely high-level match, that gave me so much confidence that I can do it again and again and again," she said.
Sakkari is a tenacious force of nature who wears her heart on her sleeve, sometimes to her own detriment - but not so much this week in Paris.
“I’m actually enjoying myself,” a smiling Sakkari told the crowd after her triumph. “That’s the most important thing. I enjoy my time on court and I’m actually not torturing myself when I’m on court.”
After years of steady progress, Sakkari may have stumbled into a way to accelerate her ascent in recent weeks. The Athens native told reporters on Saturday that she recently set her watch to Island time to decompress after a rough patch on the clay.