Discover Sabrina Sobhy,
Professional Squash Player
I started learning squash at the age of 9 and within a few years I was managing squash, alongside other sports, creating art, and practicing music. It wasn’t too long before I knew it was time to hone into one activity. All the numerous hours of squash training and sacrifices made at a young age paid off. By age 14, I’ve became a member of the US Junior National Team and remained a member of that team until the end of my junior career. As a result, I was fortunate enough to compete in 5 consecutive World Junior Championships, from 2011-2015, team USA achieve some of their best placements to date.
Aside from the tremendous pressure of representing the U.S. Junior National Team, these tournaments had permitted me to experience numerous diverse opportunities. These summer trips had granted me the chance to compete against the best juniors in the world, travels to foreign countries, and irreplaceable time learning from coaches and working with teammates. Reflecting upon my junior squash career, I have realized just how much these peculiar experiences have added to my outlook as I head into a professional career.
Alongside representing the Junior National team, I was fortunate enough to experience the admiration of being a member of the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team. With World Team events hosted every other year, I was selected to represent U.S. Squash on the Senior National Women’s Team, starting at age 15 in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Admittedly, I feel beyond lucky having gained exceptional life experience from all the travels, and cultural interactions. With these unforgettable moments representing team USA and the early exposure to the camaraderie of competing for the United States, I’ve yearned for the involvement and competition of professional squash early on.
I spent my college years studying psychology, a field that remains a superior interest to me. One day, after my professional squash career, I hope to return to school to pursue more research in psychology or education. Aside from squash and studies, I enjoy all kinds of art (drawing, painting, visiting museums), reading and nearly all outdoor activities. I’ve been recently exploring new interests in coaching and training adolescents as well as practicing different types of training, such as yoga and pilates.
In the fall of 2015, I started at Harvard University where I played #1 on the Women’s Varsity Squash Team all 4 years. Harvard Women’s Squash has won the Team Championship four consecutive years while I’ve attended. As co-captain during my senior year, the team remained undefeated the entire season, refraining from losing one match all year. In May of 2019, I’ve graduated with a degree in Psychology and lifetime of experiences I will forever hold close to me. Attending Harvard University was a blessing that I would never have been granted if it weren’t for squash.
Shortly after graduating, I dove straight into my professional squash career and moved to Cairo, Egypt to experience some world class squash. My first event after graduating were the Pan-American Games held in Lima, Peru where I was one of three athletes to represent the United States Squash Team. I earned Gold Medals in the Doubles Event (teamed up with my sister, Amanda) and the Team Event, one of my most memorable squash accolades to date. After the Pan-American Games, I headed back to Egypt to continue with the pre-season training and prepare for my first year on tour.
Admittedly, looking back on my first year on tour, it was incredibly rewarding. I started out at ranking #69 and finished the year at ranking #30 when COVID-19 suspended our tour in March. I won three back to back tournaments in the fall, the London Open, Monte Carlos Classic and Hauawai Pakistan International. Additionally, I was awarded Player of the Month in both November and December. I was definitely pleased with my improvement throughout the season. I felt I showed great depth by starting out playing 10K tournaments to then working my way into Platinum events. I found myself beating some top 20 players and pushing some top 10 players in 4 and 5 games. I was truly devastated seeing my first year on tour come to an abrupt end. Needless to say, it has truly been an appreciative journey with squash and after years of incorporating squash into my life, I can confidently and comfortably admit that my life without squash would be nowhere near what it is like today. Whilst sticking with squash, all can hope for is that I continue to grow, learn new things about myself and leave an imprint in the squash world.
Current Ranking: 29
- PSA Player of the Month February, November, December 2019
- 5 PSA Titles- 3 Back to back titles in 2019
- Runner Up of the Queen City Open 2019
- Runner Up of London Open 2018
- US Squash Women’s 2014 National Champion; youngest person ever to win the US Nationals
- US Squash Women’s 2019 National Champion Finalist
- US National Team Member; Junior Team (2011-2015), Women’s Team (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018), Pan American Games Team (2019)
- 3x US Junior National Champion (Girls Under 19 – 2012, 2013, 2014)
- 2x US Junior Open Champion (Girls Under 19 – 2012, 2013)
- 2x Gold Medalist at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru (Individual, Doubles Event)
- Harvard Varsity Women’s Squash Captain 2018-19; Leading the team to an undefeated season that year
- Harvard Varsity Women’s Squash 4x Team Champion (2016-2019)
- Played #1 on the Harvard Women’s Squash Team all 4 years
- Ivy League Player of the Year Freshman and Senior year