Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Joelle King (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)
American number one Amanda Sobhy sent out a signal of internet to her championship rivals in Chicago as she negotiated a difficult looking encounter against former World No.4 Joelle King in emphatic fashion, dismissing the New Zealander 3-0 after just 25-minutes.
After coming through her first round encounter on the traditional plaster courts King, currently ranked No.11 after falling down the standings due to injury, struggled to find her range on the all-glass show court in the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall as Sobhy took the match by the scruff of the neck from the off.
The Tournament of Champions runner-up controlled proceedings throughout the opening two games before King looked to finally gather her rhythm in the third, taking a 4-0 lead. But a costly error halted her momentum and Sobhy pounced, dropping just one more point in an impressive win.
After getting off to a flying start in the third game at 4-0 ahead King hit a wayward shot back to herself which awarded Sobhy a stroke. With momentum halted the Kiwi managed to get just one more point on the board as Sobhy stormed home.
Shot of the match
Sobhy utilised the boast with great impact throughout the match and played a delightful two-wall boast from deep on her forehand side at 7-5 in the third, which King could only watch and admire, to go ahead 8-5.
Amanda Sobhy: “I really like playing on this court – I won on it in San Fran and got to the final on it at ToC so hopefully I can do just as well this week.
“Joelle in a very good player and so tough to beat – if you give her any opportunities she takes them – so I knew I had to be on it from start to finish and stay focused.
“She loves to hit the ball hard and so do I, so it could have been a hardest hitter competition out there. But I made sure that I mixed up the pace to take her out of her element and I’m really happy to get off in three games.”
Joelle King: “In the third, I was starting to find my range to go 4-0 up and within a minute I found myself 6-4.down. I don’t know what happened.”