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A delighted Amanda Sobhy

ToC Update: Home Hope Sobhy Downs Waters to Reach Semi-Finals


Just two days after claiming arguably the greatest win of her career against World No.2 and defending champion Raneem El Welily, charismatic United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy secured passage through to the semi-final of the Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after downing last year’s runner up Alison Waters in scintillating fashion.

Both players traded some fine drop shots in an even start to the match before Waters pulled away to amass three game balls at the end of game one. Sobhy battled her nerves though and came back with a number of thunderous drives to take five points on the bounce and move into a one-game lead in front of a partizan crowd.

The 22-year-old will go up against World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar in a mouthwatering semi-final tie with the Egyptian teenager coming into the encounter full of confidence after dispatching World No.1 Laura Massaro in the previous round.

Sobhy paid tribute to a passionate crowd at New York’s Grand Central Terminal and asked for their continued support as she gears up to face Gohar for a place in the final.

“It means everything [to be here],” she said.

“I had so many supporters today. I had all my teammates here cheering me on which is amazing. People came from all over so it’s been an amazing atmosphere.

“I’m definitely happy that I got off in three because it meant that I didn’t expend too much energy. Laura and Nouran had quite a battle before me so I’m hoping that Nouran’s going to be feeling it tomorrow but I am just going to go about my recovery and preparation like any other day.”

Result – Quarter-Final: Women’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016
[10] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [6] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 (38m)

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