Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian woman to reach a WTA quarterfinal

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Mayar SHERIF of Egypt celebrates his point during the Qualifying Day three of Roland Garros at Roland Garros on May 26, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthieu Mirville/Icon Sport)

Egypt’s Mayar Sherif made history on Thursday by becoming the first Egyptian to reach the quarterfinals of a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event after defeating Alexandra Eala of the Philippines in their Round of 16 match at the 2021 Winners Open in Cluj Napoca, Romania.

FILE PHOTO: Mayar Sherif of Egypt in action during a past tennis match. /VCG

Sherif beat Eala in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in just over one hour to achieve the milestone and book a last eight meeting against eighth seed Kristina Kucova of Slovakia.

The 25-year-old had scored an impressive win in the previous round by knocking out top seed Alize Cornet of France, also in straight sets, rebounding superbly after her first-round loss at the Olympics tennis tournament last month.

The world 119 will next play Kucova, ranked one place above her, with a potential semi-final meeting against either Kristyna Pliskova or local favourite Mihaela Buzărnescu.

Earlier this year, Sherif also became the first Egyptian woman to win a main draw Grand Slam match when she won her first-round match against France’s Chloe Pacquet at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The last Egyptian to win a singles match at a Grand Slam was Ismail El Shafei, who reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open in 1974.

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