Considering she is still in full-time education at Harvard University, Amanda Sobhy’s achievements are all the more impressive. The twenty-year-old U.S. number one has been in great form in 2013 and was on fire over the summer when she won three titles followed by a good run at the U.S. Open and capturing the Pan American Games title in Argentina.
In LA this week, Sobhy showed her class by winning her tenth WSA title. She faced a trio of the game’s young stars and her potential future rivals in Carrie Ramsey, Samantha Cornett and Tesni Evans, all aged twenty-one and twenty-two. However, without dropping a game and never looking in trouble, these three and the others have a lot to catch up on.
LA was Sobhy’s last event of 2013 as she will not be travelling to Hong Kong for the World Series event there. She finishes the year with an impressive 23-6 win-loss record and will next be seen on tour at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York starting on January 18.
Overall the 2013 Harrow Sports LA Open was a strong showing for the six participating Americans, four of whom advanced to the quarterfinals. Five seed Olivia Blatchford had a stand out performance as she overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat two seed, and American world No. 30, Latasha Khan to advance to the semifinal, 4-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8, 11-6.
While competing in the Tour 10 WSA event, Sobhy also featured in the Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WDSA) $10, 000 event running alongside the WSA event in a historic first. She reached the final there with tournament director Victoria Simmonds. She later tweeted “Possibly the toughest squash wkend of my life. Never again playing two tournies in the same weekend. Got the win in singles but lost in dubs”.
Pierrepont Extends Winning Streak with LA Open Victory
As Amanda Sobhy picked up her fourth WSA title of the 2013 season, the twenty-year-old also teamed up with Simmonds to reach the WSDA Harrow Sports LA Open benefiting Angel Squash final against Suzie Pierrepont & Dana Betts.
After winning last week’s Cincinnati Open with Narelle Krizek, Suzie Pierrepont partnered with Dana Betts to capture the 2013 Los Angeles Open title. After a first round bye, Pierrepont & Betts met Fernanda Rocha & Karen Jerome in the semifinal. Pierrepont & Betts came out on top, defeating Rocha & Jerome in four tight games, 15-12, 7-15, 15-14, 15-12.
3/4 seeded Simmonds & Sobhy advanced quickly through the draw, beating Joyce Davenport & Cece Cortes in the first round, 15-7, 15-14, 12-15, 15-8, then upsetting two seeded Amy Milanek & Dawn Gray in three games to advance to the final, 15-12, 15-14, 15-10.
Pierreont & Betts put an end to Simmonds & Sobhy’s momentum, stopping the pair in the final. Although Simmonds & Sobhy put up a fight, Pierrepont & Betts prevailed, taking the final in four games, 15-5, 13-15, 15-13, 15-13.
The third annual Harrow Sports Los Angeles Open was hosted by the Jonathan Club November 15-17 and benefited Angel Squash, a Los Angeles-based Urban Squash program.
WSA LA Open article courtesy of the Women’s Squash Association.