United States former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy downed Canada’s World No.41 Danielle Letourneau to reach the second round of the Carol Weymuller Open as the action got under way at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn for the women’s PSA Bronze tournament.
World No.18 Sobhy – who reached the quarter-finals of last week’s U.S. Open – was in dominant form as she prevailed an 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 winner in 21 minutes to set up a second-round meeting with number five seed Victoria Lust.
“Considering this is my third tournament in a row that wasn’t bad!” said the 25-year-old American.
“I had World Teams in China, NetSuite in San Fran and then the U.S. Open in Philly. Other girls have done the same but with me spending all last year out injured, mentally it’s a bit of an adjustment for me.
“I was happy with how I was moving and just mentally focused the whole time. I just played Lusty at the U.S. Open and I won in a close four games but that was on a glass court. It will be very different on this court and I’m looking forward to it.”
Elsewhere in round one, Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy defeated United States World No.43 Haley Mendez after coming from a game down to win 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in 43 minutes. The young Egyptian will now face a battle with compatriot and number one seed Nour El Tayeb for a place in the quarter-finals.
El Hammamy will be joined in round two by fellow Egyptians Zeina Mickawy, Rowan Elaraby and Mariam Metwally, who defeated South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller, Canada’s Nikki Todd and Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in round one, respectively.
Meanwhile, tournament wildcard Nicole Bunyan fell to Belgium’s Nele Gilis – who won the Open International de Squash de Nantes title at the start of the season – as she fell to a straight-games defeat to the World No.33.
England’s World No.46 Julianne Courtice also booked her place in the second round, where she will take on Egypt’s number seven seed Salma Hany, after she defeated New Zealand’s World No.37 Amanda Landers-Murphy by an 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 margin in 41 minutes.
Results – Round One
Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (28m)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-1: 11-4, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 (41m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (43m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 (21m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 13-11
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Nikki Todd (CAN) 3-0: 11-5, 13-11, 13-11
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [WC] Nicole Bunyan (CAN) 3-0: 11-9, 11-1, 11-9
Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 11-2, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8
Draw – Round Two – to be played October 18
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v  Alison Waters (ENG)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Draw – Round Two – to be played October 19
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Julianne Courtice (ENG) v  Salma Hany (EGY)
Nele Gilis (BEL) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)