Friday, 23 July 2010 00:00
On June 25, Amanda Sobhy played her first round of the Women’s Junior World Squash Championship at the ACR Sportscenter in Cologne, Germany. Sobhy, a Sea Cliff resident and senior at North Shore High School, was seeded third in the 32 draw event which attracted the best Under 19 players from around the world.
All eyes were on Sobhy, who had made history a few months earlier as the youngest player to have ever won four professional squash matches at the age of 16. Sobhy made history once again when she defeated fellow Egyptian rival Nour El Tayeb in the finals 3-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 to become the first US winner in the 16 years this prestigious event has been held.
“There was a period of time before the tournament that I didn’t believe I could win this,” Sobhy said in a statement on the tournament website. “As the tournament came closer, I started believing in myself.” She certainly did believe in herself and to top it off, she won the finals on her 17th birthday!
Although Sobhy plays as an amateur, she holds a professional women’s ranking of 35 in the world. As Bill Buckingham, director of communications for U.S. Squash said of Sobhy’s win, “This is unprecedented. She is 35 in the women’s professional tour and her future is unlimited.” “It puts us on the map world-wide.”
Once the tournament ended Sobhy left Germany and headed off to tournaments in France, Singapore and Australia before she returns to Sea Cliff at the end of the summer.