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Tournament of Champions RD2: Whitlock Stuns Home Favourite Sobhy

World No.27 Emily Whitlock stunned World No.7 Amanda Sobhy on her home soil as she came from two games down to take out the American at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Sobhy, who reached the final of the event back in 2016, was utterly dominant in the first two games as she outclassed the Englishwoman to go two-games up in just 18 minutes.

However, it took just as long for Whitlock to get back on level terms as she began to cause huge problems for Sobhy with the American not able to read Whitlock’s game, with the 25-year-old varying her pace and shots well to push the match to a deciding fifth.

Boston-based Sobhy tried to keep reigning Whitlock back in in the fifth, but it was the 25-year-old from Macclesfield who played with sheer determination and focus to complete a huge comeback and claim the biggest win of her career to date.

Whitlock will take on compatriot and former World No.3 Alison Waters for a place in the quarter final of the PSA Platinum event.

“The last three games were a symbol of how I’ve been playing towards the end of last year,” said Whitlock.

“I’ve really been working on everything, no injuries and mentally and physically strong. I was so lost out there and seeing it a bit late in those first two games and she was just so dominant. I think I maybe saw the ball a bit quicker, hit the ball a bit cleaner on the racket and it just seemed to go my way.

“My coach said to me when I won yesterday, ‘you’re playing Saturday night, prime time, under the chandeliers in Grand Central Terminal in front of one of the best crowd on the tour’. Even if I’m the away player I could hear people shouting my name, it just couldn’t have been a better time to win.

“I’m fit and playing ok, it was just annoying that in the first two games I couldn’t show that and I thought that if I was going to go down then I needed to play how I’ve been playing at home in someway.”

Result:
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 5-11, 1-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (47m)

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