American rising star and No. 1 player, Amanda Sobhy, has been forced to make the difficult decision to withdraw from the Delaware Investments U.S. Open just a day before her scheduled first round match.
The senior at Harvard University became the first American-born player to crack the world’s top-10 just last month following a run of quarterfinal appearances in major events in Malaysia and Hong Kong. However, over the past two weeks, Sobhy has been suffering from a pinched nerve in the heel of her left foot that is causing too much pain to play. With an eye on the bigger picture, Sobhy has opted to give the injury time to recover rather than run the risk of further damage.
“I am devastated to be missing the U.S. Open this year,” said Sobhy. “It’s one of the best tournaments and it’s in my backyard. Unfortunately I had to make the decision to withdraw, but I’ll be pulling for my sister, Sabrina who will be representing the Sobhy name this weekend, and I’m looking forward to being back next year.”
Kevin Klipstein, CEO of US Squash, commented: “As the hosting national governing body we clearly want our national team members to compete and be at their best. I know Amanda is very disappointed to withdraw, however it is absolutely the right decision for her to have made. She has a long career ahead of her, and a few other major team events including the World Team Championships in Canada in December, and the quadrennial Pan American Games next summer. She also has her final collegiate season to prepare for and compete in, and as we saw last year, competing successfully in a variety of competitive environments makes her stronger; however, it also presents its own unique challenges. I think it’s a real sign of maturity that she is not pushing herself through an injury, rather she’s taking the time she needs.”
As a result of Sobhy’s withdrawal, England’s Emily Whitlock moves into the main draw and Australia’s Sarah Cardwell replaces Whitlock in the qualifier that takes place tonight beginning at 5pm at six Philadelphia-area clubs.