Krejcikova wins Tallinn, Sherif becomes first Egyptian WTA champion

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This weekend, Barbora Krejcikova won her first title of the season at the Tallinn Open, while Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian WTA player to become a tournament champion on Tour.

Barbora Krejcikova

After winning her first three singles titles over a period of just three months in 2021, including the French Open, Krejcikova ended a title drought that lasted over a year at the inaugural WTA 250 Tallinn Open. The Czech clinched her fourth singles title with a 6-2 6-3 victory over home favorite and top seed Anett Kontaveit. Krejcikova ended Kontaveit’s 24-match winning streak on indoor hard courts and recorded her sixth career victory over a Top 10 player.

Before dispatching the best-ranked player in the history of Estonian tennis, the world No.27 Krejcikova defeated Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round, Marta Kostyuk in the second round, and Top 20 players Beatriz Haddad Maia in the quarterfinals and Belinda Bencic in the semis.

Mayar Sherif of Egypt

At the WTA 250 Parma Ladies Open in Italy, world No.74 Mayar Sherif defeated top seed Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-3 in the final to record her first Top 10 win and become the first Egyptian WTA champion. After victories over Anna Bondar, Simona Waltert and Lauren Davis earlier this week, Sherif’s semifinal on Friday was canceled due to rain, so she played both her semifinal against Ana Bogdan and the title match on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Sherif commented on her career milestone: “It means a lot for my country. 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.”

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