Leading figures from the world of Squash are hailing the
success of Amanda Sobhy, the US teenager who this
month became the first 16-year-old to win four WISPA World
Tour squash titles.
Just two weeks after upsetting the top seed in the final of
the Racquet Club International
in St Louis in April to clinch her third Tour crown -
thereby overtaking Malaysia's reigning world number one
Nicol David's two-title record established as a 16-year-old
in July 2000 - New Yorker Sobhy went on to claim the
New England Open trophy in
Sobhy's earlier success took her to a career-high world No39
ranking in the May WISPA list - and further progress can now
be expected in the June rankings.
And the left-hander, who is coached by her father Khaled
Sobhy at The Creek Club in New York, still has more than
a month to go before celebrating her 17th birthday on 29
Sobhy herself pays tribute to
was the person who got me into squash at the age of 12. He
used to be one of the top juniors in Egypt and then made it
into the top 30 in the world back in his day. Squash has
always been a huge part of his life and he continued the
sport when he came to the US and taught it to my older
brother Omar, me and my younger sister Sabrina.
"Without my dad hammering me day after day with brutal
workouts and non-stop squash, I would never be at the level
that I am at today. As much as I don't want to work that
hard some days, I must thank my dad for putting up with me
all these years!
"When going into the St. Louis tournament, trying to win it
in order to make history wasn't even on my mind," added the
latest WISPA star. "I didn't even care if I won it - I just
went out there and played. If I won, great; If I didn't,
after I won my third WISPA title, the realisation of me
making history as the youngest player ever to win three
WISPA titles at the age of 16 finally hit me. All I could
say to people for the next week was that I just made
history. It was the most amazing accomplishment ever because
my name would go down in the books for ever, and no one can
take that away from me.
"Also it was a great way of getting recognised and getting
my name out in the open. As squash is a relatively minor
sport in the US, it was great when local newspapers in New
York wanted to do an article about my accomplishments.
"Although I just made history, there are still further goals
to achieve. I'm working hard to try to win the World Juniors
at the end of June, and also there's always my goal of
trying to improve my WISPA ranking each month," Sobhy
Amanda here last year in Amsterdam during the World Open,
with great results, it's obvious she has that extra
something to beat the top girls even at such a young age.
"She is one of the rare squash players that naturally has an
all-round squash sense and amazing timing on the ball. I'm
sure with her father's experience it transfers - while her
determination to excel certainly shows when she competes.
She has proven that by winning WISPA tournaments already at
16 years old. There will be a lot more coming her way."
World Number One
"Amanda is a
striking player and someone to watch out for! I first saw
Amanda play when she was 12 and came to T-Position squash
camp, and it was obvious then that she was a talented little
girl, with the Egyptian flair of her father Khaled, a squash
player and coach himself.
"I have enjoyed being involved with her squash a little and
seeing her develop into the attacking, powerful and exciting
player that she has already become at such a young age. She
has drive, commitment and a great attitude towards
"I am extremely excited about the standard of junior squash
in the United States, with Amanda and Olivia Blatchford
leading the pack, they will both be representing the
National team this year in New Zealand I am sure."
is very proud of Amanda and what she has managed to
accomplish. Becoming the youngest player to ever win four
championships on the WISPA Tour certainly put her on the
global squash map. This success is a tribute to her hard
work and dedication and an indicator of the increasing
strength of junior squash in the United States.
"Since Amanda is also a U.S. SQUASH Scholar-Athlete, she is
a great role model for other junior players in the US, not
only on the court, but also in the classroom. We look
forward to continuing to support her meteoric rise on the
international stage as she, along with Olivia Blatchford,
lead the United States contingent at the Junior Women's
World Championships this summer."
US Squash CEO