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World No. 7 Amanda Sobhy leads the 2016 U.S. Women’s Championship draw this weekend in search of a third national title on her former home courts at Harvard University’s Murr Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
For the first time, the women’s championship will be contested alongside the U.S. Junior Championships, and separately from the S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship, which takes place next weekend alongside the National Singles at Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sobhy, the defending and 2012 champion, enters the draw as the top seed with a rematch of the 2015 final predicted against world No. 28 and two seed Olivia Blatchford.
Both Sobhy and Blatchford enjoyed successful years on the PSA Tour since the 2015 championship. Since March 2015, Sobhy moved up from world No. 10 to a career-high N0. 7, and Blatchford rose from No. 39 to a career-high No. 28.
Sobhy begins her campaign against Boston-native Corey Schafer, while Blatchford starts off against Harvard graduate Hope Prockop.
Blatchford is seeded for a semifinal rematch against 2014 U.S. Champion and Harvard freshman Sabrina Sobhy, who enters the draw seeded third. The younger Sobhy will take on Harvard alum Haley Mendez in the first round.
Sobhy’s Harvard teammate Kayley Leonard makes her senior U.S. Championship debut against four seed Reeham Sedky. Sedky, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, reached the College Squash Association individual final last weekend.
First round matches begin Friday afternoon at 2:25pm ET. Follow live scores using the Club Locker Live Scores feature.