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The 2015 S.L. Green U.S. Men’s and U.S. Women’s Championships top four seeds will comprise Friday’s semifinals after the opening day of match play Thursday, while open age division match play is set to begin on the surrounding courts at the McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Follow Friday’s progress on the mobile and desktop-compatible www.clublocker.com, using the Player Tracker and Live Scores features. Using the Player Tracker feature, players, coaches, and parents can see a player’s next opponent, time, and location.and all scores can be followed live throughout the weekend on www.clublocker.com.
Streaming live from the orange and blue glass show court, the eight-player women’s draw saw the top four seeds comfortably and quickly advance to the semifinals in three games. The final four are more than familiar with one another, as they represented the United States in the 2014 Women’s World Team Championship, achieving Team USA’s best finish of fifth place in December.
Playing in her first tournament as a full professional, top-seeded Amanda Sobhy will face her national team coach and mentor Natalie Grainger, in Friday’s first semifinal at 4pm ET. The elder Sobhy, twenty-one, and Grainger, thirty-seven, contested the 2012 and 2013 finals with Sobhy winning her first national title in 2012, and Grainger collecting her sixth in 2013.
Eighteen-year-old Sabrina Sobhy must get past second-seeded world No. 39 Olivia Blatchford to have a chance at her second national title. Sobhy and Blatchford’s last encounter was on same court in November’s $10, 000 WSA Boar’s Head Open semifinals, which Sobhy won in four games. Their rematch will take place at 6pm ET.
As in the women’s draw, the top four men’s seeds will contest Friday’s semis starting with top-seeded Chris Gordon and fourth-seeded Chris Hanson at 5pm ET. Gordon, world No. 57, is in search of his second national title after winning his first in 2013, and will aim to go one better at Boar’s Head after losing in the semifinals last year. Hanson, world No. 158 will make his national semifinal debut, following a three-game quarterfinal victory over world No. 171 Faraz Khan.
Nine-time U.S. Champion Julian Illingworth’s quest for a tenth title remains in tact following what was the match of the day against Gilly Lane. The two American squash stalwarts have faced each other at nationals each year since 2005, and met once again in the quarterfinals in front of a packed McArthur Squash Center gallery Thursday evening. In a riveting match that went into five games, Illingworth pulled out the fifth 11-9 to earn his place in the semifinals.
Illingworth awaits second-seeded world no. 69 Todd Harrity, who advanced to the semis with a rapid-fire three-game victory over Dylan Cunningham, in a rematch of the 2014 at 7pm ET.
As the professional finals are decided on the glass court, one hundred and forty adults will take to the surrounding courts to compete in fourteen open age divisions ranging from 35+ to 80+ starting at 11:30ET. Follow all open age division scores live on www.clublocker.com, and use the Club Locker player tracker to follow your progress throughout the tournament.