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Sedky Retains Richmond Open Title in All-American Final

(l-r): Olivia Fiechter (l) and Reeham Sedky with tournament organizers

Team USA’s Reeham Sedky won her second PSA World Tour title in just as many months, defeating U.S. teammate Olivia Fiechter in the final of the $11,000 Richmond Open Saturday, April 13, at the Country Club of Virginia.

Sedky, a graduating senior at Penn, entered the draw as the two seed, while Fiechter led the draw as the top seed thanks to a career-high ranking of world No. 43 this month. Fiechter dispatched the younger Sedky sister, Laila, in the quarterfinals and Latvian three seed Ineta Mackevica in a three-game semifinals to reach the final.

Sedky, world No. 60, defeated fellow Penn graduate Marie Stephan in the quarterfinals and advanced to the final without stepping on court after four seed Menna Nasser was forced to withdraw due to injury.

The final marked the first PSA World Tour meeting between Sedky and Fiechter, who has previously met on the U.S. junior circuit and in the 2018 U.S. Women’s Championship quarterfinals. Sedky maintained her unbeaten record against the Princeton graduate, clinching the title 11-7, 11-6, 11-4.

The Richmond Open was Sedky’s first career PSA title in 2018 with the 2019 title weighing in as her third, following up her recent career high title last month–the $20,000 Queen City Open.

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