Tennis: Top Seeds Sherif and Safwat Win Tennis Singles Gold at African Games

Egypt pulled off the double win in singles tennis at the 2019 African Games. By winning the tournament the athletes have qualified to the Olympics. Tennis at the African Games is currently being held in Rabat, Morocco from August 23rd to August 31st 2019.

The women’s singles had all four top seeds reach the semi-finals where top seed Mayar Sherif of Egypt defeated her compatriot Lamis Alhussein Abdel Aziz 2-0 (6-0, 6-0). The other match had South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds defeat Egypt’s Sandra Samir 2-0 (6-2, 6-2) to set up a final of the top two seeds. Sherif defeated Simmonds in the final 2-0 (6-3, 6-3) to win gold and the Olympic quota.

The men’s singles saw three out of the four top seeds reach the semi-finals with sixth seed Adam Moundir of Morocco defeating third seed Skander Mansouri in the quarter-finals being the only upset. Moundir would however, not reach the finals as second seed Karim-Mohamed Maamoun of Egypt defeated him 2-1 (6-3, 4-6, 6-3). His compatriot Mohamed Safwat made it an all-Egyptian final by defeating Tunisia’s Aziz Gougaz 2-0 (6-3, 6-2). Safwat won the tournament thanks to a 2-0 (6-3, 6-4) victory.

All athletes must be ranked in the top 300 during the June 8th 2020 ranking update in order to be eligible to compete at the Olympics. They must also satisfy the Davis/Fed Cup requirements. Other athletes can qualify through the ATP/WTA rankings on June 8th 2020.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Singles
* Egypt

Women’s Singles
* Egypt

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