Tennis: Egypt's Mayar Sherif continues dream run in Madrid

Ahram Online , Monday 1 May 2023

Egypt's Mayar Sherif has become the first Egyptian woman to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA 1000 tennis tournament after beating Belgium's Elise Mertens in the Round of 16 at the Madrid Open on Monday.

 Mayar Sherif
Egypt's Mayar Sherif continues dream run in Madrid - Photo: Mayar Sherif official twitter account



Sherif, World No 59, overcame Mertens, who is ranked World number 24, in a thrilling three-set match that ended 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.

Mertens struggled to handle Sherif's clever drop shots and superb court coverage, and was unable to find a way past her inspired opponent.

Sherif's next opponent will be 2nd seed Sabalenka, who will provide a stiff challenge.

Nevertheless, Sherif has already made history in Madrid this week.

Sherif, who will turn 27 on 5 May, has had a stunning run in Madrid, defeating Italian Camila Giorgi (4-6, 6-4 ret.), Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina (6-2, 7-6 (3)), the No. 30 seed, and French Caroline Garcia, World number 5, in the previous rounds (7-6 (2), 6-3).

Notably, Sherif's historic achievement is all the more impressive given that this is her first main draw appearance on clay at a WTA 1000 event.

She has risen more than 700 places in the rankings over the past 5 years.

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