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Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to win WTA Tour event

WTA 250 Parma Ladies Open

SHERIF Mayar of the Egypt during the Tennis Internationals Parma Ladies Open WTA250 on September 28, 2022 at the Tennis Club Parma in Parma, Italy (Photo by Valerio Origo/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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PARMA, Italy -- Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open.

Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.

Along with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in North Africa.

The 74th-ranked Sherif actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first overcoming sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, which were postponed a day due to rain.

The seventh-ranked Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semifinal earlier Saturday.