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Amanda Sobhy

World Tour Finals: Sobhy Sends Serme Out With Win

USA’s World No.7 Amanda Sobhy upset the order in Group B at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals as she defeated France’s Camille Serme 2-0 meaning that Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb qualified for the semi-finals at the Mall of Arabia in Cairo.

Sobhy, despite not being able to qualify for the last four herself, held all of the power as a win for her would see El Tayeb, who defeated Hania El Hammamy 2-1 earlier in the evening, qualify for the semi-finals, while Serme just needed any win to book her place.

It was all about the American though, as it looked as though the nerves of the occasion had got the better of the Frenchwoman as Sobhy took control from the outset to move through the gears and get her first points of the tournament by winning 11-9, 11-5 in 25 minutes.

Sobhy’s win mean that El Hammamy tops Group B, with El Tayeb in second place.

“I think when you’re going in there with nothing to lose, and I was literally going in there with nothing – I had a zero – it kind of makes all the pressure go away,” said the American.

“It’s weird because I had so much power to determine the fate of the others who got through, I wasn’t qualifying, but I tried not to focus on them and just play freely and play the squash that I know I’m capable of and have been building up to. It’s a little late now, maybe if it was a pool of five or six people then I might have done it, but all things considered I’m happy to end on a win and get on the board.

“It’s a good confidence booster going into the Egyptian Open next week, which is the one we all want to build up to, so it’s good to win when I’m not feeling physically 100% it just shows that I can produce good squash when I’m not really moving the best or physically feeling the best.”

[7] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [4] Camille Serme (FRA) 2-0: 11-9, 11-5 (25m)

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