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Sobhy powers her way to 8th career title
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 Ahmed 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?
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) 11-2 11-5 11-3
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) 11-8 11-3
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt  Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) 11-6 14-12 11-2
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-2 11-5 11-5
[Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bt Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-6
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt  Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 11-9 11-7 11-7
 Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt  Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-5 11-5 7-11
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Cecelia Cortes (USA) 11-2 11-4 11-5
 Thaisa Serafini (BRA) bt [WC] Katja Amir (GER) 11-1 11-6 11-7
[Q] Habiba Mohamed Ahmed Alymohmed (EGY) bt  Kristen Lange (USA) 13-11
11-9 11-13 11-8
Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt  Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-8 11-6 11-7
 Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 13-15 11-6 11-4 15-13
[Q] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt  Victoria Lust (ENG) 11-5 11-9 11-3
 Norhan Ahmed Gohar (EGY) bt Salma Nasser (EGY) 11-6 11-4 11-2
 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
[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
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