Seventeen-year-old American Sabrina Sobhy looks to follow up her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title, November’s 2013 Mercedes of Scottsdale Tournament, by winning this weekend’s Tenth Liberty Bell Open WSA Tour 5 Event—the first WSA tournament of 2014 hosted at Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
After losing out to fellow American Olivia Blatchford (pictured second to left) in the 2013 Liberty Bell Open final, Sobhy (pictured second to right) again slots into the main draw as the two seed with world No. 39 Heba El Torky weighing in as the one seed.
“It’s very nice to see an Egyptian influence this year, ” said tournament promoter Dominic Hughes (pictured far left) on the twenty-two-year-old Egyptian top seed, who is coming off a four-game quarterfinal loss to world No. 2 Laura Massaro in November’s Monte Carlo Classic.
The sole qualifying match for the Liberty Bell Open takes place Thursday as Yale University squash alumna and 2013 U.S. Open Doubles finalist Amy Gross takes on Bowdoin College graduate and Haverford’s head squash coach Niki Clement. Today’s winner advances to the main draw to face the three seed, Englishwoman Carrie Ramsey.
Two other Americans occupy spots in the main draw, seven seed Cecelia Cortes and local player Kelsey Engman. Cortes, a four-year member of Harvard University’s squash team, was the wildcard in November’s LA Open and quarterfinalist in the Liberty Bell Open 2013. Engman, Assistant Squash Coach at Drexel University and WDSA world No. 8, participated in the Liberty Bell Open 2013 after advancing to the main draw from the qualifier.
English international and Yale University No. 1 Millie Tomlinson faces Mexican five seed Nayelly Hernandez.
Main draw matches begin tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm. To view the match schedule and main draw, visit the Women’s Squash Association tournament page.