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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday October 1, 2022

Mayar Sherif

Egypt's Mayar Sherif came through double duty to emerge as Egypt's first WTA champion.

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Taking a page from Ons Jabeur’s trailblazing playbook, Egypt’s Mayar Sherif survived double duty on Saturday in Parma to become Egypt’s first WTA singles champion.

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The World No.74 defeated top-seeded Maria Sakkari, 7-5, 6-3, for her first WTA title. The triumph also marked Mayar’s first Top-10 win. The former Pepperdine University standout had lost her previous ten matches against Top–50 talent on tour.

“I'm very happy that I pulled it off. I had to dig very deep,” Sherif said on court after the final.

The loss dropped Sakkari to 1-5 in WTA Finals – she has not won a title since claiming her maiden trophy at Rabat in 2019.

Sherif, who also defeated Romania’s Ana Bogdan in semifinal action on Saturday (6-4, 3-6, 6-4) hit 10 winners to 11 unforced errors.

Friday’s play was cancelled due to rain, forcing both finalists into double duty on Saturday. Sakkari defeated Danka Kovinic in straight sets earlier on Saturday.

26-year-old Sherif improved to 7-1 on clay this season with her win.


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