PARMA, Italy – Maiar Sheriff became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event, beating top seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open.
In addition to receiving her first career title, Sheriff also scored her first victory against a top 10 opponent.
Along with Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who reached the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open this year, Sheriff is raising the profile of tennis in North Africa.
Sheriff, ranked 74th, actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first beating No. 6 seed Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semi-final, which was rescheduled for a day due to rain.
Seventh-placed Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semi-final earlier on Saturday.
PARMA, Italy — The semi-finals of the Parma Ladies Open have been rescheduled by a day and will be played shortly before the final.
The decision was made due to heavy rain at the clay tournament.
Maria Sakkari, who took first place, starts on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT) before the match of sixth seed Ana Bogdan against Mayar Sheriff.
The final will take place after 18:00 local time, shortly after the doubles final, and the doubles semi-finals will also be played earlier in the day at a different venue.
PARMA, Italy. First-place Maria Sakkari edged out 97th-place Marina Zanevskaya 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Parma Ladies Open to advance to her first semi-final since the grass court season.
Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a place in the clay court final after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.
In her previous semi-final, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-place Greek player was eliminated by Wang Xiu in the second round of the US Open on 31 August.
In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sheriff of Egypt beat American rival Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to her second career semi-final. Sheriff will then face Ana Bogdan, who defeated Romanian compatriot Irina Camellia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).