Amanda still the Texas Open champ
Amanbda Sobhy beat Victoria Lust in straight games to retain her Texas Open title in Dallas, the biggest of her 15 PSA titles to date and her third Texas Open crown.
“Texas has a great place in my heart.
“I remember coming back here as a 15 year old as one of my first tournaments on the tour and I still love it now, not just because I have won the title several times. The Dallas community is smaller than some but they still show great support.
“I don’t think the match could have gone any better. The past few times me and Lusty have played it was a battle and I barely won, but today and all week I have been feeling really relaxed and have been enjoying my game.
“I just went out there and tried to enjoy myself as much as possible and I think it showed in my squash and my movement too was very free-flowing.
“I’m really pleased to win it for a third time and defend my title that I won in Houston last year. This is my biggest title to date and I haven’t won one since the Texas Open last year.
“It’s always nice to get a win and I saw this tournament as an opportunity to win. We actually had our US Nationals on the same weekend and so I was heavily debating whether to play the US Nationals or this event, but I saw this as an opportunity to get a tournament win and get that breakthrough in the rankings, so I’m very pleased that it paid off.”
Semis : Anglo-American final in Dallas
England’s Victoria Lust and US favourite Amanda Sobhy will contest the Texas Open final in Dallas after victories over Rachael Grinham and Olivia Fiechter in the semifinals.
Quarters : Grinham stuns Perry as Fiechter run continues
If Day Three had its share of upsets with Olivia Fiechter and Holly Naughton ousting Tesni Evans and Nada Abbas respectively, it was about to get even more interesting in Day Four in Dallas!
Rachael Grinham, multiple British Open Champ and former world number one turned back the clock as she clinched a superb victory against top seed Sarah-Jane Perry in a seesaw encounter 11/9 in the 5th!
A few minutes later, USA’s Olivia Fiechter kept on with her superb run as she beat Hollie Naughton in four close games – last two being two tie-breaks.
Semis therefore will see Grinham meeting Vicky Lust, who got the better of Tinne Gilis in three games, while home favourite Amanda Sobhy, who ousted Nadine Shahin in 22m, will meet compatriot Fiechter.
Round Two Part 2 : Fiechter ousts Evans
Day Three sees another upset as USA’s Olivia Fiechter manages to upset the seedings beating hot favourite Tesni Evans, the third seed, in four very disputed games. She’ll meet Canada’s Hollie Naughton, who beat 8th seeded Egyptian Nada Abbas, for a place in the semis.
Defending champion Amanda Sobhy eased through against Anna Serme while Nadine Shahin denied a home hat-trick by coming from a game down to beat Haley Mendez.
Round Two : Tinne gatecrashes Dallas Quarters
Day Two in Dallas saw the seeds in the top half of the draw enter the action.
English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Victoria Lust both won in straight games, with top seed Perry now facing Aussie veteran Rachael Grinham, who survived in five games against Egypt’s Menna Nasser, while Lust faces Belgium’s Tinne Gilis, who overcame sixth seeded Dutchwoman Milou van der Heijden, also in five games.
Day Three sees defending champion Amanda Sobhy in action in the bottom half of the draw.
Round One : Trio of upsets in Dallas as home hopes flourish
The first round in Dallas produced upsets at the top and bottom of the draw as Wales’ Ali Loke and Czech Anna Serme ousted 9/16 seeds Catalina Pelaez and Nicole Bunyan in five game thrillers. A third upset came as Egyptian Menna Nasser beat Jenny Duncalf in straight games.
There was double home success as Olivia Fiechter and Haley Mendez both won through to round two.
Top seed Sarah-Jane Perry starts Round Two action against Loke with second seed and defending champion Amanda Sobhy last on in tomorrow’s bottom half matches.Preview:
Preview: Sobhy aiming for second Lone Star success
The J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open gets underway this week in the heart of the Lone Star State. Dallas is the city that will play host to the event this year, with reigning champion and home favourite Amanda Sobhy looking to defend her title.
Sobhy is one of three Americans in the field, along with Haley Mendez and Olivia Fiechter, who will both be looking for victory on home soil.
Sobhy is second seed for the tournament, behind England’s Sarah-Jane Perry. There are two other Brits among the eight seeds alongside Perry, Tesni Evans and Victoria Lust, and a pair of Egyptians in Nadine Shahin and Nada Abbas.