Finals : Five for Amanda
Amanda Sobhy collected her fifth US National title as she beat younger sister Sabrina in four close games in Philadelphia, while Timmy Brownell followed up he semi-final win over the top seed to beat three-time champion Todd Harrity and claim his first National title.
“We’ve played so many times in practice, and we know each other’s games inside and out,” said Amanda, “the best part about it is that we can put on a really intense match but make it so entertaining for people to watch and we know it’s always going to be in good spirit.”
Sobhy will depart tomorrow for Egypt to play in the PSA World Tour Finals, the season-capping event featuring the world’s best eight women’s and men’s players.
“Honestly, I’ve been tired and it’s been a really long stretch of tournaments, but once I was in the match I realized how much I wanted this win. I am so happy to be able to say this is my fifth national championship, and hopefully not the last.”
“I’ve been watching Todd since I was little, and he’s been one of my heroes on court,” said Brownell. “I tip my hat to him as he is a class act. It’s a dream to get to play him on the biggest stage we have.”
Semis : It’s an all-Sobhy women’s final in Philly
Amanda and Sabrina Sobhy will go head to head again for the US Nationals title after top seed Amanda despatched Olivia Clyne and fourth seed Sabrina upset Olivia Fiechter in the semis.
In the men’s semis top seed Shahjahan Khan lost out as Timmy Brownell came from to games down to reach his first final, while in the battle of former champions it was second seed Todd Harrity who prevailed.
The top 4 seeds in both draws have advanced to the semifinals, setting up what promises to be an exciting night of matches. No. 3 seeded Chris Gordon, the 2013 champion, will take on 3-time champion and No. 2 seed Todd Harrity to start the slate of matches.
World No. 10 Olivia Fiechter will then face world No. 22 Sabrina Sobhy—the 2014 champion—with Sobhy having captured their most recent match at the World Championships in Egypt last month.
Men’s top seed and world No. 31 Shahjahan Khan will look to book his place in the final against No. 4 seed Timmy Brownell, who has been surging this spring with his best results to date on the PSA Tour.
The nightcap match will feature a matchup of Team USA legends, with top-seeded Amanda Sobhy, the world No. 4 who leads the field with four U.S. Championship titles, playing 2-time champion Olivia Clyne, the world No. 23.
The top American squash players will vie for the first S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship titles since 2019, June 14-17, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.
All matches will live stream from the Specter Center’s two all glass show courts, and attendance is free and open to the public. View streaming, draws and match times on the U.S. Championships tournament page.
The men’s and women’s draws will offer prize money parity, and includes Team USA’s top-ranked professionals, college players and juniors.
“This is an important event to have back on the calendar for our top American players, and it’s certainly exciting to host it at the Specter Center for the first time,” said Ong Beng Hee, the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach. “Many of these players have trained together here throughout our first full season at the Specter Center and know each other’s games well. This tournament presents an opportunity for both new and familiar faces to prove themselves on court, and will no doubt be a spectacle for squash fans.”
The 2019 U.S. Championships saw Todd Harrity and Olivia Blatchford Clyne lift the iconic trophies together in Washington, DC, and both players return to defend their titles.
The women’s draw features Team USA’s four top-twenty-five-ranked players as the top four seeds: world No. 4 Amanda Sobhy, world No. 10 Olivia Fiechter, world No. 22 Sabrina Sobhy and world No. 23 Blatchford Clyne.
Amanda Sobhy, who is in search of her fifth career national title, leads the women’s draw and could face nineteen-year-old Marina Stefanoni or Blatchford Clyne in the semifinals. Three years ago, Fiechter was ranked world No. 52 in the midst of her first season as a full time professional, and the twenty-six-year-old now enters nationals as world No. 10 and the two seed. Sabrina Sobhy, the 2014 champion and three seed, enters nationals following a world championship third round appearance last month and could face Fiechter in the semifinals.
The men’s draw will feature a first-time contestant and top seed in world No. 31 Shahjahan Khan, who will make his debut after becoming a U.S. citizen and choosing to represent Team USA over his birthright Pakistan. Khan could face 2013 champion Chris Gordon or four seed and Specter Center training partner Timmy Brownell in the semifinals.
World No. 36 Todd Harrity opposes Khan in the draw as the two seed. The thirty-one-year-old’s path to a fourth national title could include difficult hurdles against world No. 78 Spencer Lovejoy in the quarterfinals, and three seed Faraz Khan or two-time finalist Andrew Douglas in the semifinals.