Amanda Sobhy (left) and Nicol David (right) are the top seeds in the Ciudad de Floridablanca
Female Stars Set to Battle it Out For Ciudad de Floridablanca Crown
The inaugural Ciudad de Floridablanca takes place between March 8-11, with a number of the world’s top women in action as they bid to win a share of the most lucrative prize fund ever to be offered at a women’s squash tournament in South America.
The tournament – held in Colombia’s stunning Parque el Santisimo in the shadow of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue – boasts a prize purse of $70,000 and is the first standalone women’s tournament outside of the World Championship to be broadcast LIVE on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player.
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Many of the world’s top female players will appear at the PSA W70 tournament, including former World No.1 Nicol David and charismatic United States star Amanda Sobhy, who are seeded to meet in a blockbuster final.
Both players were knocked out at the quarter-final stages of last month’s Windy City Open on their last PSA World Tour outings, but they are the favourites in Floridablanca as they both eye up a first tournament win of 2017.
World No.6 Sobhy, the 23-year-old Harvard-graduate, is the first American-born female player ever to be ranked inside the world’s top 10 and has 14 Tour titles to her name, while the legendary David has racked up an incredible 80 Tour triumphs.
David also achieved one of the most dominant spells in the history between 2006-2015 as she held onto the World No.1 spot for an unprecedented nine-year reign. David and Sobhy begin their title assaults against Samantha Teran and Milie Tomlinson, respectively, in round one.
World No.10 Alison Waters – who was ranked as high as World No.3 back in 2015 – is also involved in the draw and she will face Egyptian Salma Hany Ibrahim – the World No.20 who beat Waters in January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions – in the opening round.
Number six seed Victoria Lust is a potential quarter-final opponent for Waters, with England’s Lust taking on Coline Aumard in the first round.
There is another Englishwoman in the main draw in the shape of World No.15 Emily Whitlock and she will face home favourite and tournament wildcard Catalina Pelaez, who is the sole Colombian to be competing on home soil.
Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Annie Au will go up against United States No.2 Olivia Blatchford in round one, with compatriot and No.7 seed Joey Chan due to face Hollie Naughton.
The final match of round one – all of which take place on International Women’s Day (March 8th) – will see World No.19 Tesni Evans of Wales face Egypt’s Heba El Torky as the W70 tournament looks certain to start with a bang.
Main draw – Ciudad De Floridablanca 2017
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
Heba El Torky (EGY) v  Tesni Evans (WAL)
 Emily Whitlock (ENG) v [WC] Catalina Pelaez (COL)
Olivia Blatchford (USA) v  Annie Au (HKG)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
 Joey Chan (HKG) v [Q] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
[Q] Samantha Teran (MEX) v  Nicol David (MAS)