World No. 29 Sabrina Sobhy is set for just her second career third-round appearance in a PSA Platinum event after defeating U.S. teammate Olivia Blatchford Clyne in the second round of the CIB Egyptian Open in Cairo Sunday, October 11.
Sobhy and Blatchford Clyne, a 9/16 seed, were meeting just for the second time on the PSA World Tour, following a five-game Blatchford Clyne victory at the Black Ball Open in March. Sobhy would go clinch the match on her fifth match ball in the third game 11-5, 11-9, 15-13 after thirty-six minutes.
The twenty-three-year-old will now have the opportunity to play on one of the sport’s most iconic stages, next to the Pyramids of Giza, when she takes on French world No. 3 Camille Serme Monday, October 12, at 6pm local time, 12pm noon ET. Watch the match live on SquashTV and PSA World Tour Facebook Live.
The first two rounds of the Egyptian Open yielded several strong performances by Team USA.
World No. 45 Haley Mendez recorded her first career Platinum first round victory with a four-game upset over England’s world No. 28 Julianne Courtice. Mendez would bow out in the second round against world No. 16 Rowan Elaraby.
World No. 32 Olivia Fiechter opened up her season with a three-game win over Holland’s Tessa ter Sluis to reach her third career Platinum second round. World No. 10 Salma Hany would go on to end Fiechter’s tournament in the second round.
World No. 7 Amanda Sobhy tournament came to an end after a five-game upset against Belgium’s 9/16 seed Nele Gilis, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 12-10 in sixty-four minutes.
In the men’s draw, world No. 62 Todd Harrity opened up his season with a top-twenty upset over England’s world No. 19 Adrian Waller in the first round. Harrity came back from 2-1 down in games to win 11-5, 6-11, 6-11, 11-2, 11-7 in fifty minutes. In the second round, Harrity pushed Peru’s world No. 6 Diego Elias to four games, but fell short 11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 in fifty-five minutes.
World No. 59 Shahjahan Khan also endured a five-game battle in his first-round encounter against Mexico’s Arturo Salazar, falling 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 2-11, 11-2 after sixty-four minutes.
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