Olivia Fiechter and Amanda Sobhy achieved a historic milestone for Team USA by becoming the first two Americans ever ranked in the top ten as Fiechter joined world No. 4 Sobhy as world No. 10 in March’s PSA World Tour rankings.
Fiechter’s rise up the world rankings has been steady since joining the PSA World Tour full time in 2018. After establishing herself as a top twenty-five player, Fiechter broke into the top twenty for the first time this season, reaching world No. 13 in November 2021. The Princeton graduate then reached a new career high of world No. 11 in 2022 which she held for two months before reaching another milestone, world No. 10, in March.
Fiechter’s rise this month was bolstered by a run to the Cincinnati Cup finals–her first career PSA Bronze final appearance–which included her second upset over Sobhy this season in the quarterfinals.
“It’s an incredible feeling to break into the top ten and to know that there will be two American flags up there on the PSA ranking post for the first time ever,” Fiecther said. “The women’s tour is so deep right now, as you can see from all of the upsets and five games thrillers in the recent events–and so to break into the top 10 is a huge accomplishment for me. It’s been inspiring to see Amanda reach as high as No. 3 and I am determined to try and join her as a dominant force in the top ten. With the level of squash Olivia and Sabrina are playing, and the support that we are all receiving from US Squash and Beng Hee, I don’t see why we can’t have four American women in the top ten in the near future!”
“More than anything, I just feel so grateful for the exceptional people in my corner that have pushed and encouraged me from the very beginning,” Fiechter continued. “It really does take a village and moments like this wouldn’t happen without my parents and amazing team. While breaking into the top 10 is a goal we’ve been aiming for, to me, what’s more exciting than the ranking is the progress I’m seeing in my squash and the direction my game is heading in. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point and now it’s just about continuing to push myself and put in the work on a consistent basis so that I can keep improving and challenging the very best.”
Sobhy meanwhile maintains her top five position at world No. 4 this month.
“I’ve been waiting for the day when I would see two U.S. players ranked inside the top ten of the World rankings. To see it finally happen is an amazing achievement for squash in the U.S.,” Sobhy said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled for Olivia. I’ve seen how hard she’s worked over the last few years & the amazing team she has around her. She is unbelievably professional, so I knew it was only a matter of time before she’d crack into the top ten! I hope seeing two US women inside the top 10 of the PSA ranking inspires the next generation of juniors coming through to want to get to this level & see that it is possible.”