Maria Sherif becomes first Egyptian tennis star to win WTA Tour title

Along with Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in the Arab world



Mayar Sherif with the trophy. (Twitter)
Mayar Sherif with the trophy. (Twitter)

By AP

Published: Sun 2 Oct 2022, 2:40 PM

Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open on Saturday.

Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.

Along with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in the Arab world as well as in north Africa.

The 74th-ranked Sherif actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first overcoming sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, which were postponed a day due to rain.

The seventh-ranked Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semifinal earlier Saturday.


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