Team USA’s Sabrina Sobhy will compete as the women’s Wild Card in the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championships main draw for the third time in her young career.
The rising Harvard sophomore, who has been ranked as high as world No. 47, is looking forward to taking a break from her studies to compete on the World Series stage.
“I always love being the Wild Card,” Sobhy said. “Getting the wild card gives me the opportunity to play against the top professionals that I normally don’t get the chance to play against.”
“With this opportunity I’m able to go into my match without any pressure at all, which allows me to enjoy the match and play some of my best squash,” Sobhy continued. “Now that I am busy with college, I don’t get to play as many professional tournaments as I would like to so my goal this year is to try to give whoever my opponent is a long and hard match, and to stay in the tournament for as long as I can.”
The 2014 U.S. champion nearly caused a major upset in the first round of the 2015 U.S. Open, pushing then six seed and world No. 6 Omneya Abdel Kawy to 11-9, 13-11, 11-9.
The U.S. Open is the younger Sobhy sister’s first professional tournament since May’s Allam British Open, where the American pulled together two victories to qualify for the World Series main draw.
Sobhy will face one of the world’s top-ranked players in the main draw’s first round, October 8-9.