Egyptian Mayar Sherif won her first round match in the Australian Open main draw. It could be one more triumph, one of the many games that are going around these hours in Melbourne. However, it has the added value of carrying history.
Because the double 7-5 against the French Chloé Paquet (ranked 187 in the world ranking) in one hour and 42 minutes of play it marked the first win for an Egyptian player in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
In September 2020, the 24-year-old became the first tennis player from her country to reach the main draw at Roland Garros. The debut against Karolina Pliskova was not as bad as thought. The 6-7 (9), 6-2 and 6-4 was a good precedent for his professional aspirations.
A few weeks ago, after qualifying for the tournament in Melbourne, he wrote in Facebook: Thank you Egypt, thank you to my lovely family, thank you to my super team, thank you to my dear fans, thank you to my supporting sponsors and thank you to the strong media. Without all of you, I wouldn’t have gotten this far. See you in the main draw at the Australian Open on February 8, 2021, for the first time in Egyptian history. This is just the beginning … Thanks again … I love you all. “
Sherif (131 in women’s singles) will now face Kaja Juvan of Slovenia (104th) in the second round but it has already earned a place in the history books. Those that are found between pyramids and camels.
History has been made: Mayar Sherif defeats Chloe Paquet 75 75 to become the first Egyptian woman to win a main draw match at a Slam.#AusOpen https://t.co/PZL15e64Hq
– WTA Spanish (@WTA_Espanol) February 9, 2021