French Open: Egypt’s Mayar Sherif suffers second round exit

Mayar Sherif

Mayar Sherif was knocked out of the French Open second round after losing in straight sets 6-0, 7-6 (9-7) to American 14th seed Madison Keys on Thursday.

The Egyptian world number 53 was no match for Keys in the first and opening set which the American took in just 20 minutes.

The second set was more keenly contested with Mayar Sherif breaking Keys in the eighth game.

The 2017 US Open finalist however broke back immediately in the next game to level the set and ultimately force a tie break.

Mayar Sherif had three set points that would have levelled the match but Keys saved all and was able to break her Egyptian opponent’s serve in the 12th game to see out the tie break 9-7.

Sherif’s exit means she has failed to go past the second round at Roland Garros which is her best finish just as she achieved last year.

Keys will face the winner of the second round match between compatriot Emma Navarro and veteran Italian Sara Errani in the next round.

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