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USA's Sabrina Sobhy

Tournament of Champions RD2: Sobhy Boosts US Hopes

USA’s World No.39 Sabrina Sobhy bolstered home hopes as she came from a game down against England’s World No.15 Victoria Lust in round two of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at the River Club of New York.

The 23-year-old American has won the PSA Player of the Month award for the last two successive months and she showed why she was in such fine form as she came from a game down to knock out the experienced Lust by a 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 margin.

“She made it incredibly challenging for me,” said Sobhy.

“I needed to focus point by point and on my game and not let the crowd or my emotions get involved. It’s big to be able to see my family and friends supporting me here and makes these matches more memorable.

“My goal was actually just to get past the first round, so it’s going to be really cool playing on the glass. You definitely feel more satisfaction personally compared to a team match. You know you’re the one doing to hard work and it’s just you out there so it’s more rewarding. I’m pleased with how my performances in my first season has been so far. I’m just trying to take things day by day.”

The younger Sobhy sister will face either England’s Sarah-Jane Perry or Belgium’s Nele Gilis in the last 16 on the glass court at Grand Central Terminal.

Elsewhere, Egypt’s Salma Hany and India’s Joshna Chinappa also both secured round two victories after they claimed respective wins over Nadine Shahin and Tinne Gilis.

Hany will face World No.4 Nour El Tayeb in the next round, while Chinappa comes up against either New Zealand’s Joelle King or England’s Julianne Courtice.

Results:
[14] Salma Hany (EGY) bt Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (26m)
[12] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (33m)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt [15] Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 (42m)

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