Article courtesy of the Women’s Squash Association.
Young U.S. squash star Amanda Sobhy picked up one of the biggest Tour titles of her brief career to date when she defeated Australia’s former world number one and world champion Rachael Grinham in straight games in Saturday’s final of the HKFC WSA 25 in Hong Kong.
The twenty-year-old U.S. number one reached the climax of the WSA Silver 25 event at the Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley without dropping a game — then crushed thirty-seven-year-old Grinham 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 in just twenty-three minutes to extend her remarkable record in WSA World Tour finals to twelve wins from thirteen appearances.
“The first game started steadily with both players trading points, ” explained event spokesman Dallas Reid. “At five-all, however, Amanda seemed to start to dominate and ran out 11-6. She then took that momentum and dominated the second with the help of some unforced errors from Rachael. She reinforced this with her ability to pick up some of Rachael’s tightest drops, and re-drop with extreme accuracy and claimed the second 11-2.
“Despite the gulf in the second game, Rachael came out full of fight in the third and in her trade-mark style fought for every point. At 8-9 Amanda appealed for a let when impeded trying to reach a very tight drop shot. When awarded a no-let, she pointed out ‘I’ve got long legs’. Sadly the referee remained unmoved. Notwithstanding, she kept her focus and closed out the match 11-9 to win 3-0.”
Grinham commented that she simply could not hit the ball tight enough and that allowed Amanda to dominate the game with her own powerful and accurate shots.
“Amanda is a strong player, and is just getting stronger, ” said the Queenslander.