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Mohamed Safwat loses final Wimbledon Qualifier
Egyptian tennis player Mohamed Safwat lost his third and final Wimbledon qualifying round match on Friday, against Tristan Lamasine.
The sets ended 6-3, 7-5 and 7-5, as the top ranked Egyptian tennis player was eliminated from the tournament by his French opponent.
After upsetting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili on Wednesday, Safwat was hoping to be the first Egyptian to enter the main draw of a Grand Slam since Tamer El-Sawy lost in the opening round of the 1996 US Open.
Safwat had not played on grass before the Wimbledon Qualifiers and seemed to adapt to it swiftly, winning his first two matches despite being unable to balance himself and adjust to the traditional grass surface.
The match started with both players comfortably holding serve in the first set. That was until the Frenchman broke late in the first to take the first set.
The Egyptian, who had won the first set in his previous two qualifiers was given the challenge to come from behind and seemed to relish it as he raced to a 5-3 lead in the second.
The pressure of the occasion seemed to get to Safwat as he could not close the set on his own serve before losing the following 3 games as he lost the set 7-5.
Safwat was faced with the challenge of coming from two sets down. He seemed to warm to the task early on in the third, finding his favorite shot on almost every occasion to take a 4-2 lead in a must-win set.
Unfortunately for the Egyptian, the third set ended just like the second. Lamasine was able to find the Egyptian’s backhand and was able to repeat his strong finish to the set, winning four of the following five games to win the third set 7-5.
The result means Tristan Lamasine will enter the main draw of Wimbledon, which starts next Monday.
Mohamed Safwat will rue not taking advantage of a match full of opportunities.
It’s not all bad for the Egyptian, who will pocket £14,500 and a much needed lift up the official rankings for his efforts.