In two weeks, Amanda Sobhy will be the first U.S.-born player to compete in the season-ending PSA World Series Finals on the doorstep of the world’s largest building—the Burj Khalifa—in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Sobhy’s performances across the season’s six World Series events saw the twenty-two-year-old qualify for the $160, 000 tournament that takes place May 24-27.
“I’m very excited to have qualified for the World Series Finals in Dubai, ” Sobhy said.
“I remember watching the last World Series finals on TV and thinking how cool it was, so it’s a really awesome feeling to be playing in it now and just looking at the pictures of the court set up was giving me goosebumps.”
The World Series Finals involves just the top eight men’s and women’s players on the Road To Dubai Standings who will compete for the lucrative title. The eight players will come together in two groups of four, with a round-robin best-of-three series sending two players from each group into knockout semifinals.
Sobhy’s ‘Road to Dubai’ began in October at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open and November’s Qatar Classic where Sobhy reached the second round. The Harvard graduate then reached five consecutive quarterfinals beginning with December’s Hong Kong Open and ending with March’s British Open. In January, the world No. 8 climbed the ‘Road to Dubai’ standings following her outstanding run to the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
“It’s great for PSA to put on this tournament to give back to the players for all of their hard work and efforts throughout the season, ” Sobhy said.
“I think it will be a great event to end the season with.”
Sobhy’s World Series Finals group includes world No. 2 Laura Massaro, world No. 5 Nicol David and world No. 6 Nouran Gohar.
PSA SquashTV reviews Sobhy’s ‘Road to Dubai’ in the video above.