Amanda Sobhy, U.S. number one and recent winner of the Silver Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) International 2014, and Latasha Khan, world No. 37 and veteran WSA tour competitor, are in Kuala Lumpur for the CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championships.
Khan worked her way from the qualifying round into the main draw in a match against Malaysia’s own Vanessa Raj Monday, winning in four games 11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-3. Sobhy, seeded ten for the Open, will face off against Samantha Teran of Mexico. Khan is set to play No. 2 Laura Massaro of England in the main draw. Khan and Massaro have met four times before on the WSA tour — all wins for Massaro.
Sobhy and Teran have played once previously at the 2011 Greenwich Open, in which Sobhy defeated Teran in four games: 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-1. Sobhy will play at 4pm local time Tuesday, August 19. The Malaysian Open marks Sobhy’s second to last tournament of the WSA tour this summer –her last being the Hong Kong Open – before returning to Harvard for her senior year.
The Women’s Malaysian Open is held in the Nu Sentral Mall this year – a move from The Curve in Damansara – to accommodate dates for the Incheon Asian Games in September. The WSA World Series Gold events offers a thirty-two-player main draws with eight qualifiers. The tournament runs from August 18-23.
For more information, visit the CIMB Malaysian Open tournament page.