This is the first PSA World Tour event since March 2020 to be held in the United States, and the country’s No.1 player – Philadelphia-based Amanda Sobhy – earned her spot in round three courtesy of an 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 victory over Egypt’s Nada Abbas inside Cathedral Hall.
“Three of us in the round of 16 is amazing, unfortunately, my sister [Sabrina] had a tough loss, but it’s coming soon,” said World No.7 Sobhy, who will play Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the next round.
“Us four girls are together, training together, we keep pushing each other and we will keep doing well. I am so happy to be playing on home soil… this is an atmosphere I love, it’s the USA all day baby.
“I got better with each game, which is how I wanted to progress. The first game was tight, but I want to keep finding my length and get some rallies. I settled in and with each game, I went for it more and more and got more confident in my shots, and I am pleased with how it ended.”
World No.13 Olivia Clyne – who is based in New York – is also through after she defeated Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern over on the ‘traditional’ plaster courts housed on floor 11 of the University Club of Chicago.
Clyne will compete in the last 16 for the first time and will line up against France’s Camille Serme for a place in the quarter-finals.
“I was really happy to get through, Wee Wern’s an incredible player and she’s been at the very top of the game,” said Clyne.
“I knew it was going to be hard, I was hoping it wasn’t going to be that hard, but of course it was. I was just happy with the way I was able to regroup, I found myself at quite a deficit in the third, and I fought hard to get back and I was really pleased with myself that I managed to finish off the game.”
Fiechter overcame Belgium’s Tinne Gilis to reach the last 16 for the first time and the 25-year-old will compete against World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the next round. World No.2 Nouran Gohar and World No.4 Camille Serme are also through to the last 16.