US SQUASH

Amanda Sobhy Storms Into Hong Kong Semis

Squash Media May 22, 2014 No Comments
Sobhy (right) against Guyana's Nicolette Fernandes during the 2013 U.S. Open. (image: Steve Line/squashpics.com)

Sobhy (right) against Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes during the 2013 U.S. Open. (image: Steve Line/squashpics.com)

Amanda Sobhy continues her run in the $25,000 Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Hong Kong Football Club with a commanding 11-5, 11-1, 11-4, victory over Egyptian Heba El Torky in a twenty-six-minute quarterfinal.

Second-seeded Sobhy’s semifinal opponent is Guyana international Nicolette Fernandes who endured an eighty-six-minute, five-game quarterfinal against Delia Arnold.

Sobhy, world No. 16, came back from a game down to defeat the thirty-year-old world No. 19 in their last encounter during the first round of the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.

Although Sobhy is the highest seed remaining, the highest ranked player remaining is third-seeded world no. 15 Rachel Grinham. The former world No. 1 from Australia defeated Hong Kong’s world No. 24 Joey Chan 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9.

Thirty-seven-year-old Grinham will play Egyptian teenager Salma Hany Ibrahim, twenty years Grinham’s junior, who upset top-seeded world No. 12 Jenny Duncalf in the first round, and world No. 26 Donna Urquhart 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9, in the quarterfinals.

Follow @HKFCsquash on twitter for updates throughout the tournament.

Quarterfinals- May 22:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) bt [6] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9 (46m)
[3] Rachel Grinham bt [5] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-3, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (36m)
[4] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS) 2-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5 (86m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (26m)

Semifinals- May 23:
Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY) v [3] Rachel Grinham
[4] Nicolette Fernandes v [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

May 21:

American world No. 16 Amanda Sobhy was the sole American to advance in the first round of the $25,000 Professional Squash Assocoation (PSA) and Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Hong Kong Football Club tournament.

Sobhy, a rising Harvard senior, defeated Egyptian world No. 81 Farah Abdel Meduid in three games to advance to the quarterfinals, where she will face Egyptian world No. 30 Heba El Torky Thursday.

The twenty-year-old from Sea Cliff, New York, is now the highest remaining seed in the main draw after Egyptian world No. 38 Salma Hany Ibrahim upset top-seeded world No. 12 Jenny Duncalf in five games.

Sixth-seeded world No. 26 Donna Urquhart eliminated American world No. 35 Latasha Khan 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 in twenty-nine minutes.

In the PSA draw, seventh-seeded world No. 37 Henrik Mustonen knocked out American world No. 56 Chris Gordon 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 in twenty-eight minutes.

Follow results on the 2014 Hong Kong Football Club tournament page.

Like this Article? Share it!

Leave A Response