Amanda Sobhy and World Junior Wonder to Compete in Malaysian Open Quarterfinals

Sobhy (L) and Arnold in first round match from Tournament of Champions 2013

Sobhy (L) and Arnold in first round match from Tournament of Champions 2013 (image: Tournament of Champions)

Amanda Sobhy defeated Malaysia’s Delia Arnold on home soil in the CIMB Malaysian Open round of sixteen Wednesday setting up a quarterfinal match against Egypt’s world junior champion Habiba Mohamed in Kuala Lumpur.

Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (Image:

Habiba Mohamed Ahmed (Image:

Sobhy, world No. 15, enters the quarterfinals of the Women’s Squash Association World Series Event after nearly dropping the first game 14-12 against world No. 39 Arnold, before closing out the match 11-9, 11-5 in twenty-three minutes.

Sobhy, the 2010 World Junior Champion, now takes on Mohamed who won the World Junior Women’s Individual Championship last week in Namibia. Mohamed, world No. 41 and just fifteen years old, has been the stand-out phenom of the Malaysian Open main draw. Mohamed worked her way from the qualifying round to the quarterfinals upsetting world No. 5 Camille Serme in five games, then world No. 13 Jenny Duncalf in four games Wednesday along the way.

Sobhy and Ahmed have played twice before, both in August 2013, at the National Capital Open and Hampton Squash Week. Sobhy won both matches in four: 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6 at the Capital Open, and 11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 11-5 at the Hampton Squash Week.

For more information, visit the CIMB Malaysian Open tournament page.

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