World No. 6 Amanda Sobhy will look to bounce back in PSA World Tour Finals pool play after dropping her opening match against world No. 8 Joelle King Thursday, July 23, in Cairo, Egypt.
The PSA World Tour Finals is normally the final major events of the PSA World Tour season, featuring eight men and women who qualified based on performances in Platinum tournaments over the course of the season. The eight players compete in two pools of four in a best of three game format, with the top two players advancing from each group into knock out rounds.
Sobhy is making her third career appearance in the tournament, and aims to advance to the knock out stages for the first time. Sobhy now has the opportunity to avenge her 2020 pool play loss to world No. 5 Hania El Hammamy on Thursday, June 24, at 7pm local time, 1pm ET. Watch the match live on SquashTV and PSA World Tour Facebook Live.
Sobhy will need a result in order to keep hopes of advancing to the knock out rounds alive, before closing out pool play against England’s Sarah-Jane Perry Friday.
The American opened up her tournament with a 2-0 loss against King. The Kiwi dispatched Sobhy 11-5, 11-8 in twenty-six minutes.
“I felt good out there, I thought I was playing the court well,” King said. “Physically I felt really good. Amanda is class, if you give her a little inch, she is going to come back at you, which she did at the end. Probably the only thing I can say for my matches going forward is to keep my foot on the pedal. In this format, every point, every game counts, even losing 2-1 can set you up for the next round that you might get through the pool. I didn’t want to come off during that one at all and just try and win that one 2-0.”
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