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Sobhy Wins Fifteenth and Largest PSA Title in Texas

Amanda Sobhy

Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy claimed her fifteenth and biggest PSA title after she defeated England’s Victoria Lust in straight-games to lift the J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open title.

Sobhy, world No. 13, made it a hat-trick of victories at the Texas Open following wins last season and in 2015 after she downed Lust in the final to take home the PSA World Tour Bronze tournament.

Sobhy, the two seed, had been in strong form all week, not dropping a single game throughout the entire tournament. U.S. teammate Olivia Fiechter also put in a strong tournament with a career high upset over world No. 10 Tesni Evans in the second round before reaching the semifinals, where Sobhy ended her run in three games.

World No.14 Lust, on the other hand, had downed former world No. 1 Rachael Grinham in the semifinals to advance, however, Sobhy proved too much for her in the final as the American powered to an 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 in just twenty-three minutes to claim her seventh straight win over the Englishwoman.

“I don’t think the match could have gone any better,” Sobhy said. “The past few times me and Lusty have played it was a battle and I barely won, but today and all week I have been feeling really relaxed and have been enjoying my game. I just went out there and tried to enjoy myself as much as possible and I think it showed in my squash and my movement too was very free-flowing. I’m really pleased to win it for a third time and defend my title that I won in Houston last year. This is my biggest title to date and I haven’t won one since the Texas Open last year.”

The $35,000 Texas Open had been Sobhy’s previous career high title in 2015, and now celebrates a new high of $55,000–the largest prize money Texas Open since its founding in 2002.

“Texas has a great place in my heart,” said 25-year-old Sobhy. “I remember coming back here as a fifteen year old as one of my first tournaments on the tour and I still love it now, not just because I have won the title several times. The Dallas community is smaller than some but they still show great support.”

 

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