American Trio Advance to British Open Third Round

Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Fiechter and Sabrina Sobhy are through to the third round of the British Open, while Timmy Brownell and Olivia Blatchford Clyne fell just short in five-game second round losses Monday, April 10, at Edgbaston Priory in Birmingham, England.

The British Open second round featured an all-American match up between five seed Amanda Sobhy and 9/16 seed Blatchford Clyne, who both enjoyed a first-round bye. It was the world No. 13 Blatchford Clyne who earned a 2-1 lead over the world No. 5 Sobhy, but Sobhy fought back to win the match 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-3, 11-5 in fifty-minutes. Amanda will face Egypt’s Salma Hany in a rematch of the Canadian Open final last month on Wednesday at 12pm local time, 7am ET.

Sabrina Sobhy joins her sister in the third round after the world No. 16 dispatched world No. 34 Sana Ibrahim in three games. Sabrina will face the difficult third round draw of two seed and world No. 2 Nour El Sherbini Wednesday at 7:30pm local time, 2:30pm ET.

Fiechter, world No. 7, overcame Canada’s world No. 18 Hollie Naughton in four games to set up a third round match against New Zealand’s four seed Joelle King. Fiechter defeated King in their most recent match up during February’s Cleveland Classic and will be the only American in action on Tuesday at 1:45pm local time, 8:45am ET.

World No. 53 Timmy Brownell was the lone American in the men’s second round after a first-round upset over France’s world No. 25 Sebastian Bonmalais. Brownell acquitted himself well against Egypt’s world No. 8 Mazen Hesham, falling short in five close games.