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Fiechter Claims Second and Largest PSA Title in Philadelphia

(l-r): Hana Ramadan, James Asher, Olivia Fiechter

Team USA’s Olivia Fiechter claimed her second and largest career PSA World Tour title–the $12,000 EM Noll Classic–Sunday, February 2, at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.

The world No. 36 entered the draw as the top seed, and progressed to the final with three, 3-0 victories, all of which were recorded in thirty minutes or less. The bottom half of the draw saw fellow Americans and two and three seed, Marina Stefanoni and Haley Mendez, both exit early.

Drexel Freshman and Polish international Karina Tyma upset Stefanoni, world No. 61, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11 in a thirty-seven-minute quarterfinal. Hana Ramadan, the eight seed, started her run to the final with a forty-six-minute upset over Mendez, 9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 12-10. The Egyptian then defeated Tyma in a three-game semifinal to set up an encounter against Fiechter.

It was the Egyptian who came out stronger in the final, taking the first two games 11-5, 11-7. The twenty-four-year-old Princeton graduate was able to turn the match around, mounting a comeback to clinch the title 5-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-9 in fifty-four minutes.

Fiechter adds the EM Noll Classic title to her $5,500 Rhode Island Open title in 2018, and now heads to St. Louis to compete in the $20,000 Racquet Club Pro Series as the two seed, February 4-8.

 

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