First-ever Arab player to break into top 10 of WTA Tour

Ossie Eswar started playing tennis at the age of 3 and, on Sunday, the 32-year-old Algerian made history by becoming the first-ever Arab tennis player to break into the top 10. She’s currently sitting just outside the coveted spot, at number 9, but she’s expected to continue climbing the rankings once the U.S. Open kicks off on August 27.

U.S. Open: Oksana Kalashnikova, 1st to reach US Open semifinal the last two years. Now enters top 10 -> — Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) August 5, 2017

Eswar has only been competing in international tennis for three years, but she’s already made her mark. She made the move from one of the lesser-known countries in the French Open in 2014 — the only country in the world to have a woman that qualified for the tournament — to reach the second round last year. That effort earned her her first top 10 appearance.

Now, with the 2015 U.S. Open on the horizon, Eswar is working with American sports agent Sven Butenschon in hopes of reaching the next level. Her agent suggested she’s not necessarily focusing on grand slams, but instead trying to establish herself as a hard-court specialist.

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