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Sobhy Hoping for Confidence Boosting Run in Cleveland

The 2022 Cleveland Classic gets underway tomorrow at the Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio.

The PSA World Tour Bronze event has been a regular fixture on the PSA World Tour calendar since 2011 and always attracts a high calibre of player to the event. This year is no different, with USA No.1 and World No.4 Amanda Sobhy leading an impressive field between January 27-31.

The 28-year-old will make her first PSA appearance of the year and is looking for a good start to 2022 to give her a big boost for the rest of the year.

“I'd like to think my game is in a good place, but it's been almost four months since I last played in a PSA event, so we'll have to see when the time comes,” said Sobhy.

“I'll let you know after the event what shape my game is in! It [a win in Cleveland] would be a great confidence booster for sure, but it's just the start of another very aggressive stretch of events, so I'm not too worried about the end result of this event. I'm more focused on the process and making sure that the things I've been working on are actually working.”

Sobhy will undoubtedly be looking to regain her place in the world’s top three in upcoming events but said that consistency is her immediate priority ahead of another Cleveland Classic.

“I definitely have set goals which I will not share with the public, but two big things I'm trying to do this year is be more consistent & keep improving,” Sobhy explained.

“I love the Cleveland Classic. The tournament was my second ever professional event back when I was maybe 15 or 16, so this might be my 7th year or something. There's a reason why players always come back for this event. They treat us so well here and are always so supportive of the women's game. It's nice to start 2022 off with an event on home soil, so I can just enjoy my squash and play freely.”

The event’s No.2 seed is England’s Sarah-Jane Perry. Perry was runner-up last time the event was held, in 2020, losing out to Nour El Tayeb from Egypt in the final by a 3-1 scoreline. Perry will play the winner of Zeina Mickawy, from Egypt, or Canada’s Nicole Bunyan in round two, with all top eight seeds receiving byes in round one.

There is plenty of home interest in this year’s Cleveland Classic. In round one, Haley Mendez will be playing Enora Villard from France, with the winner taking on No.1 seed Amanda Sobhy in round two. Amanda’s sister, Sabrina, is involved in an all USA match-up as she faces wildcard Caroline Fouts for a place in round two.

No.4 and No.5 seeds Olivia Fiechter and Olivia Clyne provide further home interest as they await their opponents in round two on Friday.

With the unfortunate withdrawal of defending champion Nour El Tayeb, Georgina Kennedy from England moves to No.8 seed for the event and will be looking to continue her impressive form from 2021. She will face either Anna Serme from the Czech Republic or Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in her first match of the new year.

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2022 Cleveland Classic Draw
[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
Enora Villard (FRA) v [9/16] Haley Mendez (USA)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Cristina Gomez (ESP)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [bye]
[8] Georgina Kennedy (ENG) [bye]
Anna Serme (CZE) v [9/16] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[9/16] Aifa Azman (MAS) v Ineta Mackevica (LAT)
[4] Olivia Fiechter (USA) [bye]
[3] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]
Tessa ter Sluis (NED) v [9/16] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
[9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) v Menna Nasser (EGY)
[5] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
[WC] Caroline Fouts (USA) v [9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
[9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v Nicole Bunyan (CAN)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]

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