TENNIS: Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to qualify for Australia Open

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TENNIS: Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to qualify for Australia Open

- Yasmine El Tohamy - Mayar Sherif has become the first Egyptian woman to compete in the Australia Open main draw after beating Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic.

The qualifying tournament took place in Dubai due to Australia’s quarantine restrictions resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with only qualified players being able to travel to Melbourne for the main draw of the 2021 Australian Open.

Rising Egyptian star Mayar Sherif played three games in the qualifiers, routing Japan’s Akiko Omae [6-0, 6-1] in just 50 minutes to set up a meeting with American Grace Min.

Sherif struggled against her American opponent, but still managed to get on top with a scoreline of [6-3, 2-6, 6-1], qualifying for the final round against Aleksandra Krunić of Serbia.

Photo: Roland Garros

[6-1, 6-2] were the score of the two sets that Sherif won on Wednesday to

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She will be the first-ever Egyptian to compete in the main draw of the Australian Open, which will be her second Grand Slam after appearing in the French Open last September.

Mayar Sherif is currently ranked 128th in the world – the best ranking to be achieved by an Egyptian female – and will hope to make more history in Australia.

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