American number one Amanda Sobhy capped her first return to the Allam British Open since 2013 in style with a comfortable straight-games victory over Coline Aumard to reach the second round of the prestigious tournament for the first time in her career.
The 22-year-old, who missed the last few stagings of the British Open due to schooling commitments, played with composure and accuracy to come through an up and down first game before growing in to the encounter and getting a foothold from which she never looked back.
The first game saw both players come from behind at some point as they exchanged leads but the key moment came when Sobhy edged a crucial exchange to 7-6 up and power to a 11-7 win. She then took the second game and cruised her way through the third game against an increasingly frustrated Aumand – who will feel she let several crucial opportunities go begging.
While the victory looked simple for Sobhy in the end it was one that pleased the Harvard-graduate, who said: “She’s a tough competitor, she’s attacking and aggressive. It was a good first round match, it was by no means a walkthrough and I couldn’t really relax at any point.
“It was important to get it done in three because I like to get in, get out and not waste more unnecessary energy and save it for later in the tournament.”
The world number seven was delighted to be back in Hull and has set her sights on success.
“I haven’t played in this tournament for two years because I was at university,” she said.
“Just to be back here is really nice. I’m looking forward to getting as far as possible. Three years ago I barely made it into the first round, I was stuck in qualifying, so it’s nice to be back and see how far I can go.”
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (29m)
by Paul Joannou