United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy overcame compatriot Olivia Fiechter to book her place in the last 16 of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.
The all-American battle saw the compatriots meet on tour for just the second time, after Sobhy got the better of Fiechter at the Texas Open earlier in the year. And despite a strong effort from World No.40 Fiechter, it was the USA No.1 who was able to progess at the PSA Platinum event.
Sobhy, whose younger sister Sabrina was knocked out earlier in the day, took the first game before Fiechter came back strongly to cause problems for the World No.8, who was sporting support tape on her leg after having to withdraw from the Oracle NetSuite Open at the end of last month.
However, Sobhy showcased her resilience and mental strength to battle on and take a 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 victory.
She will now face India’s Joshna Chinappa in the next round after she defeated Australia’s Donna Lobban.
“I was struggling with a little niggle in my leg from San Francisco,” said 26-year-old Sobhy.
“So I didn’t really know what to expect coming here and whether I was playing or not playing, playing and making it worse. But this tournament means so much to me and I wanted to at least try, so no matter what happened I gave it a shot and tried my best. I’m pleased to win and move to the next round.
“Olivia has improved so much, I think in her first year she has jumped up like 110 spots. It’s nice to have another US player on tour as well and it goes to show the level that US Squash is at and that we’re really challenging the top girls.
“Myself, Liv, other Liv, my sister and Haley so it’s nice to have a good group of us challenging other countries that have been dominating for so many years. It’s hard playing one of your best mates on tour.”
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-1: 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (34m)