World No.8 Amanda Sobhy continued to fly the home flag at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships after she defeated India’s World No.12 Joshna Chinappa to advance to the quarter finals.
The American was forced to withdraw early in the Oracle NetSuite Open just a couple of weeks ago after sustaining an injury, but the home favourite showed that she had put those injury fears to bed as she nullified Chinappa’s attacking intent to claim a 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 victory.
She will now face France’s Camille Serme in the next round in their first meeting since their final encounter at the Open de France at the start of the season.
“The whole point of pulling out early in San Francisco was so I could compete at this tournament,” said Boston-based Sobhy.
“I might not be where I want to be injury/health wise, but I’m pretty pleased with my performance. I know how deadly Joshna can be, but my second round match gave me some confidence and knowing that I can still play and move even if both legs aren’t fully functional. I’m really happy with today.
“I knew that if I wasn’t on in my attacks then she was going to counter and that would put me under pressure, so I made sure to get my length to the back and use more height, vary the pace so the game plan worked and I’m pretty happy with that.
“I think both Camille and I played really well in France and it was probably one of the hottest conditions that we’ve ever played in. Even though I lost that, it’s a battle I will remember and it gives you confidence that you can play at that level, but hopefully third time is a charm against her.”
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (32m)
China International Women’s Match Race
photo Getty Images
Tang Xijing (CHN) and bronze medallist Angelina Melnikova (RUS).
local Dakhla resident stormed to the top of yesterday's women's Kite-Surf single elimination