Sobhy powers her way to eighth career title

Hamptons finalists

She is still just 20 years old but USA’s squash superstar Amanda Sobhy has won her eighth career title at the Hampton Squash Week and second title in a row following her success at the Buler Challenge Cup last month.

The number one seed at the Hampton Squash Week Tour 10 event, Sobhy looked in fine form all tournament culminating in a dominant performance against Yathreb Adel in the final. For her part, Adel had another successful week in her young career as well. Adel, ranked as high as number 30 last year, has not played as in recent months and is currently sitting at number 70 in the latest rankings. The 17 year old had to qualify to reach the main draw and then saw off Victoria Lust, Kanzy Emad Al-Defrawy and Norhan Gohar all in straight games on her way to the final.

Sobhy had earlier eased her way past compatriot Cecelia Cortes, Brazilian number one Thaisa Serafini and unseeded 14 year old Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed in the semi final.

Looking to make it a hat trick of titles this week as she starts favourite to win the Squash Revolution National Capitol Open in D.C, Sobhy will be aware of facing another onslaught from the young Egyptians.

Many players would be more than happy to have finished their careers with the accomplishments that Sobhy has already achieved, however, at only 20 years old and still in full time education at Harvard University, this is certainly only the start of things to come. With her extremely talented sister Sabrina rising up the rankings too, could we be looking at the new sister act to rule the squash world?


[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-2 11-5 11-3

Semi Final:

[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) 11-8 11-3 6-11 11-5

[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [7] Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) 11-6 14-12 11-2

Quarter Final:

[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [5] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-2 11-5 11-5

[Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-6 11-6 11-2

[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [6] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 11-9 11-7 11-7

[7] Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt [2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-5 11-5 7-11 10-12 11-7

1st Round:

[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Cecelia Cortes (USA) 11-2 11-4 11-5

[5] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) bt [WC] Katja Amir (GER) 11-1 11-6 11-7

[Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bt [4] Kristen Lange (USA) 13-11 11-9 11-13 11-8

Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-8 11-6 11-7

[6] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 13-15 11-6 11-4 15-13

[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt [3] Victoria Lust (ENG) 11-5 11-9 11-3

[7] Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt Salma Nasser (EGY) 11-6 11-4 11-2

[2] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [Q] Salma Hany (EGY) 11-4 11-5 11-1


[Q] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Antonella Falcione (ARG) 11-4 5-11 11-8 11-7

[Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bt Noran El Torky (EGY) 11-3 13-11 4-11 11-9

[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Menna Nassar (EGY) 13-11 11-5 11-7

[Q] Cecelia Cortes (USA) bt Ivonne Diaz (MEX) 6-11 11-9 11-7 11-8

Article and image courtesy of the Women’s Squash Association

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