Sobhy Siblings Set Up Sizzling Canadian Open Semi
29 Mar 2023
USA's top seed Amanda Sobhy put in a near-perfect performance in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Women's Open when she overcame sole home hope Hollie Naughton to set up a sibling semi-final against Sabrina Sobhy.
The world No.5 from New York attacked the front brilliantly from the first point of an exciting tie, played in front of a partisan capacity crowd at in the stunning Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place, Toronto.
After taking the first two games 11-8, 11-7, Sobhy's dominance was briefly threatened when 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Naughton saved two match balls to force a tie break in game three. But the American No.1 held her nerve well to finish the match with a 12-10 victory.
"The pressure was on me as the top seed and she really had nothing to lose so credit to her for coming out with a strong performance and I'm so happy to have played the end of the game really well," Sobhy senior said afterwards.
Joining the favourite in the semi-final will be younger sister Sabrina, who came through an entertaining encounter with England's Lucy Beecroft.
Sobhy junior had looked in trouble when, at one-all, she went game ball down at 10-9 in game three, but the 26-year-old dug in well to rescue the situation, eventually winning the game 13-11 and then taking the fourth 11-7 to progress.
In the other half of the draw, USA's Olivia Clyne will face Egypt's Salma Hany after Clyne came back from match-ball down to beat the resurgent Sivasangari Subramaniam - the Malaysian who yesterday secured her first Tour win after an eight-month injury layoff - in a thriller and Hany breezed past Emily Whitlock in straight games.
"Honestly, I'm a bit speechless," Clyne said.
"When you're 2/0 down and [there are] things going through your head, a lot of talk and a lot of chatter, and honestly I just tried to lean in to being tough and being resilient!"