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Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy earned a crucial victory over Egypt’s Nouran Gohar Wednesday in the 2016 PSA Dubai World Series Finals, setting up a decisive final group match against Laura Massaro Thursday.
The American world No. 8 fell behind the eighteen year old, losing the first game 11-8, but Sobhy responded by quickly winning the second game 11-5 and closing out the three-game match 11-7 in thirty-three minutes.
“I knew if I lost it tonight it would be near impossible to move past the group stage so I’m very happy to pull it off, ” Sobhy said.
“I tried to slow it down and contain her and I’m happy with how I pulled myself together after the first. I stepped up my game in the second and pulled it out in the end so I’m really happy not be the one with an 0-2 record.”
“I knew that I just had to be patient and stay mentally tough in that third and I’m happy with how I turned it around.”
“Coming into the tournament I wasn’t even thinking about the semis, no one expected much of me but anything can happen in this format and I’m happy to have survived and still be in with a chance going into tomorrow.”
With one win and one loss in group play, Sobhy will need to defeat Massaro, England’s world no. 2, in her final group match to advance to the knockout semifinals.
Watch Sobhy take on Massaro Thursday at 11am ET Thursday on SquashTV.
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