Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy advanced to her second career PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family Saturday, July 19, with a third round win over Canada’s Hollie Naughton in Chicago.
Sobhy was the sole American to advance past the third round after compatriots Olivia Fiechter and Olivia Blatchford Clyne came up short against world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini and world No. world No. 3 Camille Serme, respectively.
Sobhy, world No. 7 and the tournament’s five seed, booked her place in the last eight by dispatching the Canadian world No. 19 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 in thirty-six minutes.
“Hollie has been getting some good results so I knew that this would be a battle,” Sobhy said. “Mentally, I wanted to stay dialed in, she fought well in the third. Overall, I’m happy to have a test in the round of 16 and looking forward to the quarters. I have family here watching and after this season, when you get that added energy from the crowd… I want to do it for myself, but I also want to do it for you the home fans.”
Sobhy now has her sights set on a first career world championship semifinal appearance, but first needs to get past Egypt’s world No. 5 Hania El Hammamy Monday night in cathedral hall.
Sobhy and Hammamy have met five times over the past year with the Egyptian claiming all but one of them. Watch the match live on PSA World Tour Facebook Live or SquashTV at 7:15pm CT, 8:15pm ET.
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