Top Seeds Sobhy & Hany To Contest Canadian Open Final
30 Mar 2023
Everything appeared to be going to plan for the top seed in the opener, with Amanda Sobhy racing into a 6-1 lead. Sabrina, however, showed impressive tenacity and cut down on the errors as she played a careful game and timed her attacks well to take nine of the next twelve points to earn a game ball at 10-9.
The No.3 seed was unable to convert, though, with Amanda saving the game ball and then converting her first to take the opener 12-10.
The US No.1 then doubled her lead with a hard-fought 11-9 win to get one foot through the door of the final.
Both players threw everything at each other in a tight third game, with Sabrina Sobhy using width well to nullify her older sister's attack.
At 8-7 up in game three, Sabrina had opportunities to force her way back into the match, but a costly error allowed Amanda to regain the momentum and earn two match balls at 10-8.
Sabrina saved one match ball, but was powerless to save the second, with Amanda securing her spot in the final with her second 11-9 win of the contest.
Afterwards, Amanda Sobhy said: "I wanted to go out there and show her that I'm top dog in the Sobhy family for a reason and she's going to have to work to beat me. I know she's going to come back stronger again and it's going to be just as tough, but I'm going to try and hold on for as long as I can with the winning streak!"
While Hany's result was the same scoreline as Sobhy's, her win over USA's Clyne was far more comprehensive.
The Egyptian was in a dominant mood in the opener, with the 26-year-old's power and accuracy proving potent against the bustling style of the American as she moved into the lead with an 11-6 win.
Hany then doubled her lead with another 11-6 win, with Clyne struggling for accuracy at times and the Egyptian content to play the fundamentals.
The American pushed higher up the court in the third game and caused Hany a number of problems, particularly when going short, but the world No.14 had too much quality, firing in crowd-pleasing winners of her own to wrap up the match with an 11-9 victory.
"I'm very happy with today's performance. Olivia's such an amazing player and has been playing really well since the beginning of the season. I'm obviously very proud of how I managed the game and am very happy to be through in three," Hany said afterwards.