Tennis: Egyptian history maker Mayar Sherif fights hard but exits Australian Open

Mahmoud Sheleib , Thursday 11 Feb 2021

On Tuesday, Sherif became the first Egyptian woman ever to win a game in the main draw of a Grand Slam

Mayar Sherif
Egypt's Mayar Sherif celebrating after scoring a point against Slovenia's Kaja Juvan (Australian Open official website)

After making history by becoming the first Egyptian player ever to win a main draw game at a Grand Slam,  Mayar Sherif was eliminated on Thursday from the second round of the Australian Open after a tight, drawn out battle against her Slovenian opponent that lasted almost three hours.

The 24-year-old Egyptian tennis star lost to Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan (6-3, 6-7, 3-6) in the second round of the Australian Open, despite claiming an early lead by winning the first set 6-3 and coming close to winning the second.

However, Juvan, who is ranked 104th best woman player in the world, came from behind in the second set to win the set 7-6.

In the third set, Mayar made a number of unforced errors - apparently due to fatigue - and lost the set 6-3.

The 20-year-old Slovenian had reached the second round after winning over the 13th best player in the world, Johanna Konta of the UK, who withdrew from the match due to injury.

On Tuesday, Sherif made history when she became the first Egyptian woman ever to win a game in the main draw of a Grand Slam after she defeated France’s Chloe Paquet in the first round of the Australian Open.

Sherif is currently ranked 128th in the world among women players — the best ranking ever to be achieved by an Egyptian woman.

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