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Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy is through to the second round of the 2016 Windy City Open presented by Guggeinheim Partners & Equitrust after a dominant three-game opening victory Friday night in the University Club’s Cathedral Hall in Chicago.
The seven seed and world No. 7 defeated Egyptian teenager Salma Hany Ibrahim 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 in nineteen minutes.
Sobhy will face a difficult second round opponent in the form of New Zealand’s former world No. 4 Joelle King, who defeated Australia’s Donna Urquhart in four games and forty-five minutes in the first round.
The first round also saw both of Team USA’s wild cards, Olivia Blatchford and Chris Hanson, exit the tournament in three games on the glass court.
Blatchford was the first match on the glass court Thursday afternoon against world No. 6 Omneya Abdel Kawy. The Egyptian held off the American 12-10, 11-5, 11-9 in thirty-one minutes to advance to the second round.
In the final first round match on the glass court, Hanson made his debut on SquashTV against two seed and two-time defending Windy City Open champion Nick Matthew.
The twenty-five-year-old American acquitted himself well with extended rallies and vocal home support against the three-time world champion, who finished off the match 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 in thirty-five minutes.
The second round of matches Saturday and Sunday begin at 12pm local time, 1pm ET.