Monday, July 8, 2013

15-year-old Sandra Samir - A glimmer of hope in Egyptian tennis

 
 Photo credit: Reem Abulleil

The last time Egypt had a Grand Slam champion was in 1964 when a 16-year-old Ismail El Shafei won the Boys’ Singles title at Wimbledon as a junior.

El Shafei would go on to become the country’s highest-ranked player and the only one to crack the top 40 in the world rankings. Since then, Egypt has seen no top-100 players on either the women’s or men’s tennis circuits.

Last week at Roland Garros in Paris, however, there were signs that we might finally witness an Egyptian tennis champion in the near future.

On Court 14 at Stade de Roland Garros, only a few feet behind the magnificent Court Suzanne Lenglen where eventual finalist David Ferrer was playing his fourth round, Egypt’s Sandra Samir battled for three grueling hours to win her first round in the girls’ singles tournament.

The next day, the 15-year-old won her first round in doubles. Read the full article here...

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