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Amanda Sobhy will compete in a second successive Texas Open final

Texas Open: Sobhy & Lust to Meet in Final

US No.1 Amanda Sobhy and England’s World No.14 Victoria Lust will line up in the final of the J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open after coming through their respective semi-final fixtures with 3-0 wins at the T Boone Pickens YMCA in Dallas.

Sobhy will compete in the final of the PSA World Tour Bronze tournament for a second year in a row as she kept her 100 per cent record going at this year’s tournament as she eased past fellow American Olivia Fiechter, winning 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 in 28 minutes.

Fiechter has played at a level far above her current ranking of World No.52 this week as she claimed scalps against World No.10 Tesni Evans and World No.29 Hollie Naughton to book a place in her biggest ever semi-final on the PSA Tour.

But her match against roommate and close friend Sobhy was a step too far for the New York-based 23-year-old as she went down in straight games.

“Liv’s been playing really well all week, I think she’s a little bit tired and I know she was maybe feeling a bit because I’ve been rooming with her the past few days,” said Sobhy.

“It was a good match regardless, and I’m really happy for her that she got into the semis of a $50k. I was able to win in three, which preserved my body, and I’ll go into the finals relatively fresh.

“Things are coming together nicely, I’ve played Lusty a couple of times this season, and we always have good matches. I know what I’m in for, she knows what she’s in for, so it will be a good match tomorrow, I’m sure.”

Lust ended Australian legend Rachael Grinham’s run as she overcame the former World Champion by an 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 scoreline.

42-year-old Grinham, a former World No.1, stunned World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry in five games 24 hours previously, but she came up against an immovable object in Lust in the semi-finals as the English player booked her place in the biggest PSA Tour final of her career.

“The match went well, I think maybe Rachael is a little bit tired from yesterday, she had a hard match, but the first game was very tough,” Lust said.

“I’m feeling pretty good [for the final] I’ve managed to keep my court time down, so hopefully the body is well for tomorrow.”

This year’s Texas Open has more than doubled in prize money to $55,000 and Sobhy and Lust will do battle for the biggest title of their careers tomorrow at 12:00 (GMT-5).

You can follow the live scores from the tournament here.

Results – Semi-Finals: J Warren Young Memorial Texas Open
[4] Victoria Lust (ENG) bt [7] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (28m)

Draw – Final
[4] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

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