Catching Up With…Amanda Sobhy

Sobhy (L) against world No. 1 and defending U.S. Open Champion Nicol David in the Hong Kong Open semifinals. (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

Sobhy (L) against world No. 1 and defending U.S. Open Champion Nicol David in the Hong Kong Open semifinals. (image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

Amanda Sobhy, once a bright star on the rise, is now well-established in her professional squash career. 

This summer, the Harvard senior reached back-to-back Women’s Squash Association World Series semifinals in the CIMB Malaysian Open, then Hong Kong Open—the first and second time the twenty-one-year-old reached a World Series semifinal in her career. 

Sobhy’s summer accomplishments catapulted her to world No. 10 in September—her highest career world ranking—making her the youngest American to crack the world’s top ten. 

Sobhy, who loves a home court crowd and her fellow lefties, promises to try a cheese steak at this year’s U.S. Open at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

What are some personal goals for this year’s U.S. Open?
My goal for this year’s U.S. Open is to obviously get further than last year, which was the Round of 16. I have a similar draw in which I play Low Wee Wern if I win my first match again, so hopefully this year I can do better and advance to the quarters!

What are you looking forward to most about this year’s U.S. Open?
It’s definitely playing in front of the home court on such an awesome glass court. Nothing is more awesome than playing squash on a spectacular show court while having the home crowd all rooting for you!

What are your thoughts on prize money parity?
Having equal prize money is a huge step in the right direction for our sport. It was great to see US Squash offer prize money parity last year and again this year. The U.S. Open is the first major tournament to offer equal prize money for both the men and women and I think all of the major tournaments should follow suit.

Who are your squash idols?
Amr Shabana is definitely my squash idol. Lefties got to stick with their fellow lefties. Also, he is such a fair player on court so much that there is no reason not to look up to such an amazing squash player.

Favorite shot?
Forehand volley nick.

Have you tried a Philly Cheese Steak?
Believe it or not, no! With the hundreds of times I have been to Philly, I’ve never actually had a Philly Cheese Steak. That’s going to change this U.S. Open though.