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Olivia Blatchford Clyne and Todd Harrity won the US National Championships over the weekend

Blatchford Clyne and Harrity win US National Championships

The 2019 U.S. Women’s Championship and S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship culminated with both top seeds prevailing in the finals as Olivia Blatchford Clyne and Todd Harrity took home the spoils.

Blatchford Clyne earned her second national title, while Harrity ended Chris Hanson’s two-year reign to win his third national title in Washington, D.C.

The women’s final was contested between two past champions, who were aiming for their second career titles, in Blatchford Clyne and Sabrina Sobhy.

It turned into a simple victory for the World No.20, who overcame the younger Sobhy sister in straight games to take home her second national title.

“It’s an amazing feeling winning this event. I came into this championship not knowing what the competition would be like. No matter who I was going to play, I knew it was going to be a battle,” Blatchford Clyne said.

“It was great to play Sabrina. I’m really excited that she will be joining the U.S. girls on tour next year. The depth of women’s squash in this country has never been stronger.

“It’s an honour to be part of this team with so many accomplished young women. I’m vintage at twenty-six years old. If you think about that, we have some serious depth coming up. Egypt, you better watch out!”

The men’s final saw Todd Harrity and Chris Hanson face off, with the pair having shared the last four U.S. Nationals titles.

It would be the former that took a third Nationals crown, though, as he overcame Hanson in four games, winning the match in just over 50 minutes.

“Playing Chris was really tough. Chris and I have been playing together since we were twelve. I’m glad I was able to stay relaxed during the match. I didn’t really feel like the favorite,” Harrity explained.

“He won the last time we played each other, and we’ve gone back and forth for a long time. I knew it was going to be a great match. I want to congratulate Chris on a great tournament.”

“Being the U.S. Men’s Champion means so much to me. It’s a great tournament for all of us who compete here. It’s the one we all want to win. There were a lot of nerves coming into this event as we all deal with the pressure of trying to be a national champion. It means so much to me to win this trophy again.”

Result – Final: US Women’s Championship
[1] Olivia Blatchford Clyne bt [3] Sabrina Sobhy 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (29m)

Result – Final: S.L. Green U.S. Men’s Championship 
[1] Todd Harrity bt [2] Chris Hanson 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 (51m)

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