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Sobhy It In Berwyn

In a surprise all-American final of the Women’s Liberty Bell Open between two sixteen-year-olds, New York’s Amanda Sobhy emerged triumphant to win the $6,700 WISPA World Tour squash event at Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club in Berwyn, PA, USA.

Second seed Sobhy, runner-up in the British Junior U17 Open earlier in the month, reached the final after beating fourth seed Deon Saffery in the semi-finals - while her opponent Olivia Blatchford, the seventh seed, made her breakthrough with a quarter-final victory over top-seeded Italian Manuela Manetta, the 2007 champion.

But Sobhy, ranked 5 in the world, was in control in the final, winning 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 to celebrate her maiden WISPA title success in her first WISPA final.

RESULTS: Women’s Liberty Bell Squash Open, Berwyn, PA, USA

1st round:

[1] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [Q] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-5, 11-6, 11-9

[7] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Leonie Holt (ENG) 11-5, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10

[3] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6

Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [5] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8

[6] Alexandra Norman (CAN) bt [Q] Genevieve Lessard (CAN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-2

[4] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt Samantha Cornett (CAN) 11-1, 11-9, 11-9

[8] Carolyn Russell (CAN) bt [Q] Carla Khan (PAK) 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 13-11

[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Kristen Lange (USA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4

Quarter-finals:

[7] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [1] Manuela Manetta (ITA) 7-11, 13-11, 12-10, 11-9

Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt [3] Miranda Ranieri (CAN) 11-9, 8-11, 14-12, 15-13

[4] Deon Saffery (WAL) bt [6] Alexandra Norman (CAN) 11-8, 12-10, 11-7

[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [8] Carolyn Russell (CAN) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6

Semi-finals:

[7] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-7

[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [4] Deon Saffery (WAL) 13-11, 11-8, 11-5

Final:

[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [7] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8

 

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