I’m So Proud”: Egyptian Sensation Mayar Sherif Writes History Following Triumphant Season at Winners Opens

Published 08/07/2021, 2:21 PM EDT


The tennis world witnessed some prolific moments recently, courtesy of a rather eventful season. However, as fans gather to catch more tennis action, they have been blessed with yet another historic outing. Fans all over the world had their eyes glued to Washington and Cincinnati, as the big news from Romania stormed the internet. Young sensation Mayar Sherif became the first player in Egyptian sport to qualify for a WTA Finals.

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Reigning sheer dominance on-court, 25-year-old Mayar Sherif triumphed at the Romanian-based Winner Open. With one too many enthralling performances, she cruised her way into the finals, making history while doing so.

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Achieving her personal best and a National accomplishment, the youngster beat Mihaela Buzarnescu in the semi-finals of the tournament. Notably, her emphatic display has garnered center stage attention, as she now marches on towards the all-important title decider.

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“I’m so proud of all the suffering, I’m so proud of me,”- Mayar Sherif

Going into the tournament, Mayar had merely one WTA level win to her name. However, she announced her arrival after she beat the tournament’s top seed, Alize Cornet. Ever since, she has put on some show on the court, playing with sheer authority and outclassing her opponents. Even the biggest game of her career so far, the semifinal clash, did not differ from her performance all week.

Gathering her feelings post her historic feat, exclaiming what the moment meant for her, she said, “I mean, I’m so proud of where I came from, I’m so proud of all the suffering, how hard it was to get to where I am today, being from Egypt, I can’t imagine being here one day. I mean, it’s very emotional. I’m so proud of me.”

She further credited her family back home and everyone who’s played a part in shaping the narrative of her career. “I’m so proud of everyone that’s been behind me, and everyone in my country, my family, my coaches, my team, it’s so nice to always do something first, i mean, I can’t say anything more,” Mayar said.

One for the fans

As her fairytale in the tournament continues, Mayar was humble enough to credit the ’12th man’. Packing the stadium were fans who may or may not have been cheering for her, as she played against the home favorite. Regardless, they were enough to push the Egyptian over the line. Rightly so, she expressed her gratitude for their appearance, despite the challenging times of the pandemic.

 

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She said, “It was not easy to play today. You guys were great for her. I mean, it’s so better to have you guys than to have no one. We really appreciate having you in every match, it’s been great, especially the last period has been tough. So really, thank you for coming every day.”

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As she now marches on to claim the historic title, she has an entire nation rooting for her. Surely, the history-maker will give it her all and put on yet another enthralling show. However, will Mayar continue in the form of her life heading into the finals, or will her fairytale meet its realistic unfortunate end?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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