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undefinedTexas Open 2015
07-12 Apr, Plano, Texas, $35k

[2] Amanda Sobhy 3-1 [1] Nour El Tayeb
           11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4

Sobhy brings home Texas Title

Amanda Sobhy became the first home winner of the Texas Open title for eight years, and collected the biggest WSA title of her burgeoning senior career, as she beat long-time junior rival Nour El Tayeb in the final in Plao.

Sobhy's triumph is the latest milestone in the career of the 21-year-old reigning US national champion - who now boasts 13 title wins from 14 WSA final appearances.

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! 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 el Tayeb 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.

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!

First of all it has been a great week. Everyone has been super nice and very welcoming. From the people to the organising committee. 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.

Thanks Sanjeeb and your team for the support you give to the squash world. It is very appreciated.


Texas Open 2015
07-12 Apr, Plano, Texas, $35k
Round One
09 Apr
10 Apr
11 Apr
12 Apr
[1] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
 9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (42m)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
[1] Nour El Tayeb
10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10 i(57m)
[5] Emma Beddoes
[1] Nour El Tayeb

11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (24m)

[4] Rachael Grinham

[1] Nour El Tayeb


11-7, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.


[2] 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)
[6] Jenny Duncalf
11-9, 12-10, 12-10 (32m)
[4] 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)
[3] Annie Au
11-8, 11-4, 5-11, 3-11, 11-7  (56m)
[7] Nouran Gohar
[3] Annie Au

11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 (40m)

[2] 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)
[Q] Donna Urquhart
 11-9, 11-4, 11-2 (20m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy
[Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy)
 5-11, 11-5,12-10, 11-8 (42m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
08-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

Victoria Lust (Eng) 3-0 Laura Pomportes (Fra)              11-6, 11-8, 11-8
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Nouran El Torky (Egy)        11-8, 11-8, 11-4
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-1 Latasha Khan (Usa)     9-11, 11-5, 16-14, 11-3
Kanzy El Defrawy (Egy) 3-1 Tesni Evans (Wal)      7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8

07-Mar, Qualifying Round One:

Laura Pomportes (Fra)  3-1 Cecilia Cortes (Usa)     10-12, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
Nouran El Torky (Egy) 3-0 Anna Kimberley (Eng)             11-8, 11-9, 11-7
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Catalina Pelaez (Col)            11-8, 11-6, 11-7
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Rayna Pacheco (Mex)              11-7, 11-3, 11-4
Latasha Khan (Usa) 3-1 Nikki Todd (Can)               11-7, 7-11, 11-9, 11-6 
Kanzy El Defrawy
(Egy) 3-0 Colette Sultana (Mlt)             11-0, 11-2, 11-2
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Vanessa Raj (Mas)                     11-7, 11-5, 12-10
Top seeds through to final:

Top seeds Nour El Tayeb and Amanda Sobhy set up a mouth-watering final after prevailing in the semi-finals of at Life Time Fitness in Plano, USA.

Egyptian favourite El Tayeb, making her Texas Open debut and looking to keep the title in Egyptian hands (Nour El Sherbini won in 2014)  despatched twice former champion Rachael Grinham, the fourth seed from Australia,  in straight games in just 24 minutes, while second seed Sobhy scored her first win over fellow left-hander Annie Au, beating the third seed from Hong Kong three-one in 40 minutes.

The final will be  the pair's ninth meeting since first contesting the British Junior U15 Open quarter-final in 2008.

The Egyptian won four successive BJO clashes until 2011. Sobhy won the 2010 World Junior final in Germany where she beat El Tayeb in four games to become the USA's first ever world squash champion, but El Tayeb won the world title the next year, in the USA.

"Of course very happy to be in the final. I know I keep saying it but playing against Rachael is never easy for me. Hard mentally and physically. So I'm very happy to get through to the finals.

"Im enjoying it here so hopefully I can keep going.

"Tomorrow, Im 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 would enjoy it."


"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.

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. Overall though I'm very happy with my results over the last couple of days.

"Very happy to be in the finals of the Texas Open. This is my first final of a 35k and always 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 el Tayeb who I have played numerous times in juniors. 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!"

"I think Amanda played really well, it was a close match and overall I am satisfied with my performance these few days"

the 2011 BJO final

Round One:
Donna Survives Chinappa Test In Texas

Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart provided the sole upset in the first round of the when she defeated eighth seed Joshana Chinappa to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

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 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 after being suspended at one-game-all [Beddoes won 3-1]

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 event since the birth of her second child - and romped to a 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 victory in 30 minutes.

Sobhy seeks home success in Texas

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 Texas Open where she is hoping to become the event's first home winner for seven years, since former world number one Natalie Grainger in 2008.

The Boston-based 21-year-old is the second seed in the 14th edition of the event at Life Time Fitness in Plano, Texas.

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 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.

Egypt's Nour El Tayeb is the event's top seed, and 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 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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