Sabrina Sobhy, fresh from her fifth, and final, appearance on the world junior stage for the WSF World Junior Championships, has been named the women’s wild card for the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.
“Having the wild card is such an advantage—putting me in the main draw against the top players in the world, many of whom I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to play against,” Sobhy said.
This October will be Sobhy’s fifth U.S. Open appearance, and third in the main draw. In the 2014 U.S. Open, then-first-time-wild card Sobhy reached the first round, falling to current world No. 3 Camille Serme, but not before pushing the Frenchwoman to 13-11 in the third. In 2013, Sobhy qualified for the main draw—exceeding her seeding after besting Australia’s Melody Francis.
“When I had to play Camille last year, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to see who I play this year! I think it would be amazing to play Nicol David,” said Sobhy.
“The U.S. Open is one of my favorite tournaments because of the location and timing of the tournament,” the eighteen-year-old continued. “Philadelphia is a great city with tons to do and there are a lot of other squash events at the same time.”
As Sobhy sets for Harvard in September, she plans to focus largely on her college matches, but if the timing works with her academic schedule, she may just make an appearance on the professional circuit.