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Carol Weymuller: Sobhy Heads Up Winners on Day Three

United States No.2 Amanda Sobhy followed compatriot Olivia Blatchford Clyne into the quarter-finals of the Carol Weymuller Open, PSA World Tour Bronze tournament after a 3-1 victory against World No.13 Victoria Lust at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn.

Sobhy, the World No.18 from Boston, was 5-0 up on the pair’s head-to-head ranking coming into the match and she extended that lead after winning 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 to book her place in the last eight.

“I’m a little gassed, I think I got my steps in today,” said Sobhy afterwards

“We just played last week and she doesn’t give you anything. I knew what I was in for, but it was still really tough. I was annoyed that I lost the third game as I really wanted to close it in three, but I am really happy to have won the fourth.

“The crowd was awesome, it was a lot of fun. [They were] really vocal, which I love. For the quarter-final, I need to recover as I’m going to run a lot again tomorrow.”

Sobhy will pit her wits against number two seed Sarah-Jane Perry next after the World No.8 overcame Belgium’s Nele Gilis in straight games.

Perry, who reached the semi-finals here in 2016, controlled the pace of the match well to counter Gilis’s speed and agility around court and she closed the win out by an 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 scoreline.

“I feel like I’ve been here for ages, it’s a week since the U.S. Open and this tournament started two days ago,” Perry said.

“It took me a while to get into the pace. She started really well, actually she started well in every game and I managed to keep it solid and pull away a bit. Nele has had some really good results recently, so I wasn’t taking her lightly. She’s definitely improved since last time we played.”

Welsh World No.12 Tesni Evans and Egypt’s World No.15 Salma Hany were the other players to claim wins on day three.

Evans, fresh from a maiden PSA World Tour Platinum semi-final at the U.S. Open last week, overcame World No.35 Zeina Mickawy in four games, while Hany defeated England’s Julianne Courtice 3-0.

“I’m really happy to come through that match and win,” said Evans.

“I felt a little bit flat so I was constantly trying to fire myself up. [There were] Too many loose balls and to be fair she’s far too good to do that to, including my serves. All credit to her for playing really well and pushing me. I know I have to play a lot better if I’m to go any further in this tournament.”

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You can follow the live scores or watch the live stream below. Coverage of the quarter-finals start at 14:00 local time (GMT-4).

Results – Second Round (Bottom Round): 2018 Carol Weymuller Open
[4] Tesni Evans (WAL) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8 (49m)
[7] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (29m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bt Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (44m)
Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [5] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 (51m)

Draw – Quarter-Finals: To Be Played October 20
[1] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [8] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
[6] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v [3] Alison Waters (ENG)
[4] Tesni Evans (WAL) v [7] Salma Hany (EGY)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)

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