Amanda Sobhy (r) against Nouran Gohar in May's Dubai World Series Finals. (image:
Amanda Sobhy (r) against Nouran Gohar in May’s Dubai World Series Finals. (image:

Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford kick off their PSA Tour seasons this weekend in the first World Series event of the year—the Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.

Blatchford, world No. 27, will be in action first as the two seed in a 32-player qualifying pool. Blatchford will find out her opponent when the qualifying draw is released Friday, August 19, and will play her first match Sunday, August 21.

With two qualifying victories, Blatchford would join teammate and seven seed Amanda Sobhy in the main draw. Sobhy, who is making her first PSA appearance since the Dubai World Series Finals in May, is predicted to meet three seed and world No. 4 Raneem El Welily in the quarterfinals.

The American world No. 8 will face Hong Kong’s world No. 20 Joey Chan in the first round on Tuesday, August 23, at 12pm local time, 12am ET.

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