Maya Sherif took home the Parma Ladies Open title, not only winning her first ATP title but also becoming the first Egyptian to win a title in the WTA. She beat top seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3.
The win over No.7 ranked Sakkari is also the first Top 10 win for Sherif.
“It means a lot for my country,” Sherif said.
“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.”
It was a grueling day for both. The play was canceled on Friday so Sherif has to defeat Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals earlier that day. That match lasted more than three hours.
“I’m exhausted,” Sherif said. “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.”
This was the second final of her career, her first for this season. She quickly shook off any fatigue she may have felt in the earlier match.
Top-seeded Sakkari had been vying for her second title. She next heads to the Agel Open next month.