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USA's Olivia Blatchford Clyne

Tournament of Champions RD1: Blatchford Clyne and Sobhy Lead American Charge

United States’ Olivia Blatchford Clyne and Sabrina Sobhy led home hopes on the opening day of action for the women’s draw at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions with their matches taking place at the Princeton Club of New York.

USA No.2 Blatchford Clyne was in dominant form as she swept aside England’s World No.48 Jasmine Hutton by an 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 scoreline and will now face Wales’ World No.9 Tesni Evans in the second round on the glass court at Grand Central Station.

She will be joined in the last 32 by compatriot Sabrina Sobhy after she overcame Hong Kong’s Joey Chan – who is ranked 20 places above her in the World Rankings – by an 11-4, 9-11, 14-12, 14-12 margin.

Sobhy will face England’s Victoria Lust for a place in the last 16.

Sabrina Sobhy

Elsewhere, Belgium’s Nele Gilis came from a game down against another U.S. hopeful in the form of Olivia Fiechter as she powered to a 7-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 win to set up a second round clash against English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry.

Nele Gilis

Netherlands’ Milou van der Heijden also got her tournament off to a successful start with a straight-games win over Scotland’s Lisa Aitken. The Dutch player will face defending champion Nour El Sherbini on the glass court in round two.

Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) bt Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (38m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Joey Chan (HKG) 3-1: 11-4, 9-11, 14-12, 14-12 (45m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Lisa Aitken (SCO) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (30m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Olivia Fiechter (USA) 3-1: 7-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-5 (48m)

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