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Tennis – Mayar Sherif, first Egyptian to win a WTA tournament

Historic day for Egypt. Mayar Sherif, 74th player in the world, became the first Egyptian to win a WTA tournament on Saturday by beating Maria Sakkari in the Parma final. The Greek, 7th in the world and seeded N.1 of the tournament, however approached this final in the position of favorite, ready to win the second title of her career after Rabat in 2019. But Sherif, 26, who had never beaten an opponent ranked in the World Top 10, dominated in two sets (7-5, 6-3).

It means a lot to me“, she commented after her victory, obtained on a perfectly executed drop-lob sequence. “It means a lot for my compatriots, for my family, all this work, all the mental struggles of these last weeks. I am just thrilled and happy. It was not planned“, she added. The semi-finals and the final had been scheduled on the same day, the fault of the rain which fell all day Friday on the clay courts of Parma.

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Sheriff finished exhausted

And to win her ticket to the final, Sherif had spent nearly three hours on the court against the Romanian Ana Bogdan (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) when Sakkari had quietly qualified for her first final. since the Indian Wells tournament by defeating Montenegrin Danka Konvinic 7-5, 6-2.

“When you have won 3 Grand Slams like Wawrinka, what goal can you set yourself?”

In the final, the Egyptian player, who was playing her second final after Cluj in 2021, suffered, giving up her commitment at the start of each of the two legs. But she came back every time. “I’m exhausted“, she said again. “This day was very hard for me, many hours on the court. I’m very happy that I got out of it, I had to dig very deep.”

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