History made as Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour title

Mayar Sherif defeated Maria Sakkari at the Parma Ladies Open on Saturday to become the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour title.

The 26-year-old had to win two matches in one day after play was cancelled on Friday because of rain and, after battling past Ana Bogdan 6-4 3-6 6-4, Sherif saw off world number seven Sakkari 7-5 6-3.

"I'm exhausted," Sherif said on court. "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."

"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."

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur has been blazing a trail for African and Arab women's tennis, and Sherif, who will climb into the top 50 as a result of her win, has now written her own piece of history.

"It means a lot for my country," Sherif added. "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."

At the Tallinn Open, last year's French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova will aim to win her first title of an injury-hit season.

The Czech battled to a 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic to reach the final, where she will take on top seed Anett Kontaveit, who won the all-Estonian battle against Kaia Kanepi 6-4 6-4.

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