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Sobhy in action on the glass court at Chateau des ducs de Bretagne

Sobhy Beats Blatchford Clyne In All-American Clash To Reach Open de France Semis

In the all-American battle to start the evening, World No.8 Amanda Sobhy overcame compatriot Olivia Blatchford Clyne in a three-game affair in Nantes.

The first game lasted just six minutes, as Sobhy restricted her US team-mate to just a single point. However, the American No.2 battled back in the second game to take it 11-6.

The third went along the same lines as the first, as Sobhy was able to find her form again, dominating her fellow 26-year-old to take the victory and move through to the semi finals in Nantes.

“I think that having such an amazing crowd helps, it was just the difficulty of having to play another US team-mate and good friend,” Sobhy admitted about the match.

“I had to just put that out of sight and try to focus on that she was just another opponent. I think we just wanted to come out and put on a good show for this amazing crowd, which I hope we did.

“Impressive is an understatement. This is definitely one of the best venues we are going to play at on tour, and I am just happy to be a part of it. I think that gives all of us a little added incentive because I don’t think any of us want to stop playing in front of this crowd!”

Result – Women’s Quarter Final: Open de France – Nantes
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [7] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) 2-1: 11-1, 6-11, 11-1 (25m)

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