American Trio Qualify for PSA World Championships in Wild Card Playoff

(l-r): Faraz Khan, Marina Stefanoni, Lucie Stefanoni

Faraz Khan and Stefanoni sisters, Marina and Lucie, will compete against the world’s best in the 2020-2021 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family after progressing through wild card playoffs, June 10-12, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

Khan, world No. 70, topped a sixteen-player draw and didn’t drop a game on his way to the final. In the final, Khan edged Pan Am Games gold medalist Andrew Douglas 11-9, 10-12, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6.

The result extended Khan’s impressive run to thirteen consecutive wins, including back-to-back PSA titles in Austin and Atlanta. Khan joins U.S. teammates Todd Harrity and Shahjahan Khan in Chicago, slotting into the draw with a first round match up against Egypt’s world No. 1 Ali Farag. In the case the men’s draw sees a withdrawal before the start of the tournament, Khan will enter the draw based on ranking, and Douglas will occupy the wild card position.

The Stefanoni sisters both reached the final after difficult semifinals as Lucie overcame Caroline Fouts in five games and Marina defeated Whitney Taylor in four. In the final, it was the elder sister, Marina, who topped the draw 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.

Marina, world No. 65, qualifies for the draw based on ranking, which clinches the wild card position for Lucie as a result. Marina is set for her second career PSA World Championship appearance as the sisters join five U.S. women in the draw–an all-time high–including Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Blathford Clyne, Olivia Fiechter, Sabrina Sobhy and Haley Mendez.

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