Tennis: Egypt’s Mayar Sherif stuns Kostyuk, advances to Madrid Open third round

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Apr 2024

Egyptian Mayar Sherif produced a remarkable performance at the Madrid Open as she secured a spot in the third round with a convincing straight-sets victory (6-2, 7-5) over the 25th-seeded Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine at the Caja Magica on Friday.

Mayar Sherif
Egyptian tennis player Mayar Sherif celebrates after defeating Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine in the second round of the Madrid Open on Friday, 26, April 2024. Photo: WTA's official website

 

This triumph marks Sherif's first consecutive tour-level wins since her memorable run to the semifinals of the 2023 Palermo tournament, a remarkable achievement that unfolded nine months ago.

The world-ranked No. 72, Sherif, will face Kazakh Elena Rybakina, the No. 4 seed, on Sunday.

To reach this stage of the Madrid Open, Sherif fought her way through a gruelling three-set match against American Lauren Davis in the previous round.

Sherif overcoming a slow start to triumph with a final score of 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Despite a winless start to 2024, the 27-year-old Egyptian made history in 2023, since she soared to a career-high ranking of No. 31 in the world, etching her name in history as the highest-ranked Egyptian tennis player ever.

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