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Making history again: Mayar Sherif wins Parma Open Tennis Championships

  1. Egyptian tennis champion Mayar Sherif on Saturday won the Parma Championship held in Italy from September 24 to October 2.

Sherif, ranked 74th in the world, beat Maria Sakkari, ranked seventh in the world, 2-0, and the results of the games were seven/five and three/six.

“It means a lot for my country… It means a lot for the people back home, my family, all the hard work, all the mental struggles in the last weeks. I’m just thrilled and happy. This was never expected,” Sherif said.

Sherif took her seat in the final of the Parma Championship after she defeated the Romanian Ana Bogdan, ranked 53 in the world, by six-four, three-six, six-four in the semifinals earlier in the day.

“I’m exhausted… Today was a very tough day for me, many hours on court. I’m very happy that I pulled it off. I had to dig very deep,” Sherif said.

“The first match was emotionally and mentally tough. There were so many key moments in the match, a lot of pressure. But after I won that match it gave me a lot of confidence so I used that for the match right after,” She added.

Sherif finished the match with 10 winners to 11 unforced errors and generated 13 break points, converting six. Sakkari hit 22 winners to 22 unforced errors.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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