Egyptian Sherif withdraws from French Open with foot fracture

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 29, 2020 Egypt’s Mayar Sherif reacts during her first round match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 29, 2020 Egypt’s Mayar Sherif reacts during her first round match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)


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PARIS — Egyptian Mayar Sherif pulled out of the French Open on Wednesday with a foot fracture, a day after she became the first woman from her country to win a main draw match at Roland Garros.

The 26-year-old Sherif, ranked a career-high 49th, defeated Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk 6-3 7-5 on Tuesday to book her spot in the second round of the claycourt Grand Slam.

She suffered a stress fracture in her foot, French Open organisers said.

Slovenia's 24th seed Tamara Zidansek, who was drawn to meet Sherif, will get a walkover into the third round.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Ed Osmond)

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