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Blatchford Breaks Into World’s Top Twenty

Blatchford during the 2017 Windy City Open. (image: squashpics.com)

Blatchford during the 2017 Windy City Open. (image: squashpics.com)

Team USA’s Olivia Blatchford achieved a career high PSA Tour ranking of world No. 19, moving up eight places in April.

The rankings run included a strong three-tournament run by the twenty-four-year-old US Squash Elite Athlete Program player.

As the Wild Card in the Guggenheim Partners & Equitrust Windy City Open, Blatchford recorded a first-round upset over world No. 14 Joshna Chinappa to reach the second round of the World Series event for the first time.

Blatchford followed her performance in Chicago with a run to the largest final of her career—the $70,000 Ciudad de Floridablanca. In Colombia, Blatchford pulled off another career high upset against world No. 12 Annie Au in the first round, and continued to defeat both world No. 15 Emily Whitlock and U.S. teammate Amanda Sobhy who sustained a torn Achilles in their semifinal.

Blatchford ended her month of March with a loss against world No. 6 Nicol David in both the Floridablanca final and first round of the Allam British Open.

The new world No. 19 is back in action this month in the 2016 PSA Women’s World Championship in El Gouna, Egypt, April 7, where she enters the main draw’s first round against Australia’s fifteen seed Donna Urquhart.

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