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BritOpen Update: Sobhy Storms Into Quarters

American Amanda Sobhy secured her first ever Allam British Open Squash Championship quarter-final berth with an emphatic win over Alison Waters at the Airco Arena today – to become the first US player since Natalie Granger in 2004 to reach the last eight of the 'Wimbledon of Squash'.

“Making the quarter finals is awesome,” said Sobhy. “This tournament is second only to the World Championship – it’s such a prestigious tournament. Hopefully I can do even better and maybe lift the trophy.”

The first game was a tight affair, with the two players alternating points on a regular basis. Waters took a 6-3 lead and looked to be in good form, before Sobhy surged back to take the game 11-8 with catalyst for the come back a contentious stroke decision in favour of Sobhy, which left Waters bemused and distracted.

Despite the controversy, Sobhy knew how dangerous an opponent Waters could be and had to be fully focussed in order to win the match and in the second game she produced an array of exquisite touch shots from the back of the court, leaving Waters unable to prolong the rallies.

The Harvard graduate was in a dominant mood as she stormed to a 6-1 lead inside two minutes and from that point on it was all one way traffic as Sobhy capitalised on her advantage to close the game out at 11-2 and cantered through the third.

“I knew how important the first game was, as she thrives on the momentum which can make her so deadly,” said Sobhy.

“I tried my best in the first game to get on top and it took a while to settle but fortunately at the end of the first game I got lucky with a couple of calls.”

[7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [11] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-3 (28m)

By James Hall

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