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WSF: Sobhy Strikes To Keep Dubai Hopes Alive

Amanda Sobhy came through a roller-coaster encounter with 18-year-old Egyptian Nouran Gohar during the second day of action at the PSA Dubai World Seriers Finals to keep alive her hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the prestigious season-ending tournament.

After falling to defeat against Nicol David on day one and losing the opening game against Gohar, the American was staring down the barrel of an ignominious exit but managed to turn the match on its head as she played with greater patience and attacking precision to take Gohar out of her comfort zone.

The 22-year-old Harvard graduate allowed the World Junior Champion too much time on the ball in the first but stepped up and attacked from all corners in the second, dominating it to level the match via an 11-5 win, before keeping her composure to take the decisive third 11-7 and blow Group A wide open, with Sobhy, Laura Massaro and Nicol David all now in with a chance of making the semi-finals.

“I knew if I lost it tonight it would be near impossible to move past the group stage so I'm very happy to pull it off,” said Sobhy.

“I tried to slow it down and contain her and I'm happy with how I pulled myself together after the first. I stepped up my game in the second and pulled it out in the end so I'm really happy not be the one with an 0-2 record.

“I knew that I just had to be patient and stay mentally tough in that third and I'm happy with how I turned it around.

“Coming into the tournament I wasn't even thinking about the semis, noon expected much of me but anything can happen in this format and I'm happy to have survived and still be in with a chance going into tomorrow.”

[8] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
2-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)

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