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11/04/2015
Texas Open 2015

  Texas Open 2015
07-12 Apr, Plano, Texas, $35k
Round One
09 Apr
Quarters
10 Apr
Semis
11 Apr
Final
12 Apr
[1] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (42m)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
Nour El Tayeb
10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 i(57m)
Emma Beddoes
Nour El Tayeb
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)
Rachael Grinham
Nour El Tayeb
11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4
Amanda Sobhy
[5] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
7-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-6 (43m)
Heba El Torky (Egy)
[6] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
 9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (63m)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
Jenny Duncalf
11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (32m)
Rachael Grinham
[4] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11-6, 11-3, 12-10 (35m)
[Q] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4 (40m)
[3] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 3-11, 11-7  (56m)
Nouran Gohar
Annie Au
11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (40m)
Amanda Sobhy
[wc] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (30m)
[7] Nouran Gohar (Egy)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 (43m)
[8] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Donna Urquhart
 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (20m)
Amanda Sobhy
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
 5-11, 11-5,12-10, 11-8 (42m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
RESULTS: Women's Texas Open, Plano, Texas, USA

Qualifying finals:
Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Nouran El Torky (EGY) 11-8, 11-8, 11-4
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 9-11, 11-5, 16-14, 11-3
Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Tesni Evans (WAL) 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8

US Star Sobhy Celebrates Texas Triumph

New York-born Amanda Sobhy claimed the biggest WSA World Tour title of her career - and became the first home winner of the Women's Texas Open for seven years - when she upset top-seeded Egyptian Nour El Tayeb in the final of the WSA International 35 squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, USA.

The final was the pair's latest clash in a career rivalry which began as 14-year-olds contesting the British Junior U15 Open quarter-finals in 2008. The Egyptian reigned supreme in four successive British Junior Open clashes - but Sobhy proved invincible in the 2010 World Junior Championship final in Germany where she beat El Tayeb in four games to become the USA's first ever world squash champion.

But in only their second meeting on the WSA Tour, second seed Sobhy was looking for revenge after losing to the 22-year-old from Cairo - who now boasts a career-high world No.5 ranking - in last year's Malaysian Open semi-finals.

Spurred on by home crowd support, Sobhy survived a second game comeback by El Tayeb to beat the higher-ranked Egyptian 11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.

"I am ecstatic right now - this is my biggest tournament tour title to date and I'm so happy to have won it here in Texas," said the 21-year-old world No.10 who graduates from Harvard University next month.

"The crowd has been amazing all week and Sanjeeb and his team put on a spectacular event and took care of all the players so well. I fully enjoyed my time here and really looking forward to coming back to Dallas!

"Nour is such a talented player and a fighter and I knew I had to be mentally and physically strong in order to beat her today. I want to thank my coaches Thierry Lincou and Shahid Zaman for working with me to get ready for this tournament.

"I also need to thank my family for their continuous support because without them I would be nowhere. I'm bringing this trophy back to Harvard with me where I will finish up my last month of school before I graduate on May 28th! Hopefully this is just the start of good things to come for my pro career!"

El Tayeb added: "First of all it has been a great week. Everyone has been super nice and very welcoming - from the people to the organising committee. It's one of the best organised tournaments I have been to for sure.

"Today Amanda was the better player. She played the right game. Unfortunately, I couldn't push through today and she just played better than I did, so all credit to her."

Sobhy's Texas triumph is the latest milestone in the career of the reigning US national champion - who now boasts a remarkable record of 13 title wins from 14 WSA World Tour final appearances!

Top Seeds El Tayeb & Sobhy Set Up Texas Final

The top two seeds Nour El Tayeb and Amanda Sobhy set up a mouth-watering final of the 2015 Women's Texas Open after prevailing in the semi-finals of the WSA International 35 squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, USA.

Egyptian favourite El Tayeb, making her debut in the 14th edition of this popular event on the WSA World Tour and looking to keep the title in Egyptian hands, recorded her first straight games win in the event by despatching twice former champion Rachael Grinham, the No.4 seed from Australia, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 in just 24 minutes.

"I'm a little disappointed, not with the result but that I was a bit off today and win or lose I just prefer to come off the court knowing I've played well," explained former world number one Grinham afterwards. "I would have liked to have given her a better run for her money but I was too loose and you can't afford not to be at your best against someone like Nour."

El Tayeb, now in the eighth WSA Tour final of her career and looking for her first title since 2012, was delighted with the outcome: "Of course. I'm very happy to be in the final. I know I keep saying it but playing against Rachael is never easy for me - it's hard mentally and physically.

"So I'm very happy to get through to the finals," added the 22-year-old world No.5 from Cairo. "I'm enjoying it here so hopefully I can keep going.

"Tomorrow, I'm playing my good friend and junior rival Amanda. I'm sure we're going to enjoy it as we always to. And hopefully we put on a good match that people will enjoy!"

Second seed Sobhy scored her first Tour win over fellow left-hander Annie Au, beating the No.3 seed from Hong Kong 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 in 40 minutes.

"I'm very happy to be in the finals of the Texas Open," said the New York-born 21-year-old who next month graduates from Harvard University. "This is my first final of a 35k and also my first win over Annie. She is such a talented player and I knew I had to get the ball to the back or else she would put it away.

"Tomorrow I am playing Nour who I have played numerous times in juniors," added the world No.10, now in the 14th Tour final of her career and her 10th on home soil. "We always have a good match, so hopefully tomorrow will be another good match between us!

"Sanjeeb and his team are doing an amazing job with this tournament and I am just happy that I am able to come back to Dallas and play in this tournament!"

The final will mark the pair's ninth meeting since first contesting the British Junior U15 Open quarter-finals in 2008. The Egyptian reigned supreme in four successive British Junior Open clashes until 2011 - but Sobhy proved invincible in the 2010 World Junior Championship final in Germany where she beat El Tayeb in four games to become the USA's first ever world squash champion.

Top Seeds Through In Texas

The top four seeds secured places in the semi-finals of the Women's Texas Open - but achieved their quarter-final successes in the WSA International 35 squash event in contrasting styles at Life Time Fitness in Plano, USA.

US hope Amanda Sobhy wasted little time ensuring her anticipated semi slot - ending Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart's brave run in just 20 minutes.

The 21-year-old second seed from New York, just a month away from graduating from Harvard University, despatched fellow left-hander Urquhart 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 and will now face third seed Annie Au, also a 'leftie', for a place in the event's final for the first time.

Au, the 26-year-old No.3 seed from Hong Kong, survived a tough test against Egyptian teenager Nouran Gohar. The 17-year-old from Cairo made an impressive comeback to force a decider after losing the first two games.

But Au dug deep to fend off the youthful attack, closing out the match 11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 3-11, 11-7 after 56 minutes to reach the semis for the first time since 2012.

England's Emma Beddoes was forced to play twice in the day after sustaining a 'blood injury' the previous evening midway through her first round match with Heba El Torky. After beating the Egyptian in four games on resumption, the No.5 seed faced top seed Nour El Tayeb in the quarter-finals.

Beddoes took the opener after a tie-break, but was unable to contain the world No.5 from Egypt as El Tayeb battled on to claim a 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 triumph after 57 minutes.

"There are some matches you love playing even when you lose," Beddoes told her Twitter followers later. "Tonight was 1, went down 3-1 but great match with world #5 @NourElTayeb #TexasOpen"

El Tayeb now takes on Texas Open veteran Rachael Grinham. The fourth seed from Australia, four times a finalist and twice the champion, survived a close battle with career-long Tour rival Jenny Duncalf, beating England's former world number two 11-9, 12-10, 12-10.
 

Donna Survives Chinappa Test In Texas

Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart provided the sole upset in the first round of the Women's Texas Open when she defeated eighth seed Joshana Chinappa to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the WSA International 35 squash event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, USA.

The Brisbane-based left-hander, fighting to back to top form after foot surgery last year, battled for 43 minutes to quash Chinappa, the world No.21 from India, 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8.

Former world No.13 Urquhart, currently ranked 35 in the world, will now face home hope Amanda Sobhy, the second seed.

The New York-born 21-year-old, who graduates from Harvard University in May, recovered from a game down to see off Egyptian qualifier Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy 5-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 in 42 minutes.

There was Egyptian success in the top half of the draw when top seed Nour El Tayeb quelled a spirited performance by English qualifier Victoria Lust. Underdog Lust, ranked 26 in the world, took the opening game - but Cairo-based El Tayeb, the world No.5 making her Texas Open debut, regained the upper hand before closing out the match 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4.

El Tayeb's quarter-final opponent will be the winner of the clash between Emma Beddoes, the fifth seed from England, and Egyptian Heba El Torky - a match which will be completed today after being suspended at one-game-all.

Youth prevailed over experience in a first round battle which thoroughly entertained the Plano crowd. Dutch star Natalie Grinham, the 37-year-old former world No.2, took the opening game against seventh seed Nouran Gohar, the 17-year-old world No.16 from Egypt.

But the Cairo teenager soon found the edge over Grinham - playing in only her second WSA Tour event since the birth of her second child - and romped to a 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 victory in 30 minutes.
 

Full-Time Pro Sobhy Seeks Home Success At Texas Open

Competing for the first time as a full-time squash professional after concluding her studies at Harvard University, Amanda Sobhy is bidding for success at this week's Women's Texas Open in the USA where she is hoping to become the event's first home winner for seven years.

The Boston-based 21-year-old is the second seed in the 14th edition of the WSA International 35 event which gets underway at Life Time Fitness in Plano, Texas, today following completion of the qualifying tournament.

Sobhy, ranked 10 in the world and three times a first round loser in this established WSA event, will begin her 2015 campaign against Egyptian qualifier Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy, the world No.39 from Cairo who upset higher-ranked Welsh number one Tesni Evans to earn her maiden appearance in the event's main draw.

US champion Sobhy will be aiming to become the event's first US champion since former world number one Natalie Grainger in 2008.

Egypt's Nour El Tayeb is the event's top seed, who will be making her Texas Open debut in Plano. The 22-year-old from Cairo, now boasting a career-high world No.5 ranking, also faces a qualifier in the opening round. England's Victoria Lust beat French opponent Laura Pomportes 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 in the qualifying finals to claim her first appearance in the main draw since 2012.

The draw also features distinguished Australian Rachael Grinham, the former world number one who won the title in 2004 and 2011 and is marking her 10th appearance in the championship since 2002. The 38-year-old Queenslander is the No.4 seed and takes on Japanese qualifier Misaki Kobayashi in the first round.
 

 


 

 

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