Team USA’s Olivia Weaver won her first PSA title of the season and second career Silver title with a dominant run at the Bahl & Gaynor Cincinnati Cup Sunday, February 4, at the Cincinnati Country Club in Ohio.
The American world No. 9 and tournament’s three seed reached the semifinals as seeded where she knocked out the tournament’s top seed and world No. 6 Georgina Kennedy in three games.
Weaver backed up her semifinal performance in the final Sunday against Belgium’s two seed Tinne Gilis, capturing the title in three games to complete a perfect title run 11-8, 11-1, 11-7 in thirty-four minutes.
“I’m over the moon, just so happy to get the title,” Weaver said. “There were so many strong players in the draw this week and I had a tough loss last week in Brooklyn and so I really just wanted to focus on coming here, enjoying my squash and I really do feel like I played some of the best squash of the season and things just really just came together.”
The $75,000 Cincinnati Cup title is the second largest of Weaver’s career after the 2023 DAC Pro Classic, which she will defend February, 7-10, as the two seed.
““I think I just put some pressure off of myself and really focused on enjoying my squash,” Weaver said. “I really love what I do. I feel really lucky that I get to play squash everyday for a living and sometimes it’s easy to forget that. I love coming to this tournament, I love the family I stay with, I love being in this club so all these factors played into my mentality and I was just in a really good headspace and I think that really translated into my squash.”
The result sends the twenty-eight-year-old to a new career high world ranking of No. 6 this week, making Weaver just the second American to ever reach world No. 6 after Amanda Sobhy–the current world No. 5.