Ones to Watch in 2021

“We’ve become used to seeing one Sobhy name already at the top of the women’s game with USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy leading the charge for her country and a mainstay in the top 10.

However, 2020 saw the rise of a new American talent in the form of Amanda’s younger sister, Sabrina.”

Having fully committed to the PSA Tour last season following time away to focus on her academic studies at Harvard University, Sobhy has continued to see her stock rise – going from World No.39 in January to her career-high of World No.22 at the close of 2020.

The 23-year-old had already made waves on the PSA Challenger Tour, winning five titles from 10 finals, but Sobhy has now become one of the ones to watch at the top end of the sport after some impressive performances against the best players in the world.

Sobhy began the year with an impressive display at the 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, getting further than her older sister, as she reached the last 16 of the New York event – the first time she has reached that stage of a major event.

She got the better of Hong Kong’s Joey Chan and England’s Victoria Lust and went on to take a game off English No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry before falling to defeat at the hands of the experienced World No.6.

Two strong displays were to follow against France’s World No.4 Camille Serme with the two players meeting at both the Manchester Open and CIB Egyptian Open. In Manchester, Sobhy was able to take a game off eventual finalist Serme, but her best display of the year came against the Frenchwoman in Egypt with Sobhy pushing Serme all the way to five-games before narrowly losing out in the fifth.

A win over a player ranked inside the top 10 came for Sobhy at the end of the year at the CIB Black Ball Open though as she held of a comeback from Egypt’s Salma Hany to close out 11-9 in the fifth and set up a clash with World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the second round, where she was unlucky to not take the first game with it going all the way to 16-14.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Sobhy in 2021 to see if she can progress and follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Amanda.

Originally Published on PSA World Tour

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