Apart from football, many sports in Egypt don’t get the attention they deserve. However, we have a number of champions who deserve to be recognized for their international achievements and efforts. From a young age, Mayar Sherif Ahmed Abdulaziz knew that tennis is the sport she enjoyed and wanted to pursue. Now the 24-year-old is an international tennis champion.
Labeled as “Egypt’s Golden Girl”, Mayar Sherif is a professional Tennis Player who, after winning the 2019 African Games, achieved a major milestone in her career by becoming the first woman to qualify for the Olympics in the history of Egyptian tennis. Just yesterday, Sherif made history once again by being the first Egyptian woman to win a Grand Slam match at Roland Garros, the world-famous tennis tournament.
Sherif is an example of what true dedication, commitment, and self-confidence can achieve. After her graduation with a degree in sports medicine from Pepperdine University, she was the fourth player from the Pepperdine women’s tennis program to ever reach the NCAA Singles Championship semifinal. She started 2019 unranked but rose up to a No 189 career-high by the end of the year. She later became the highest-ranked Egyptian woman ever, and was crowned African champion.
Her older sister, Rana Sherif, is a tennis player too, so it’s clear that talent runs in the family!