Sobhy celebrates career-high ranking
Whilst victory in last month’s Allam British Open sees Malaysian Nicol David extend her lead at the top of the June Women’s World Squash Rankings, US number one Amanda Sobhy jumps three places to a career-high No13 in the lates WSA list.
David avenged her defeat in the 2013 British Open final when she overcame home hero Laura Massaro in last month’s climax in Hull to win the prestigious trophy for a fifth time since 2005.
Massaro marks her 15th successive month as the world No2, ahead of Egypt’s third-placed Raneem El Welily and New Zealander Joelle King at No4.
But student Sobhy, unable to compete in the British Open due to commitments at Harvard University, romped through the field in last month’s HKFC WSA 25 in Hong Kong to win the WSA Silver 25 title without dropping a game – a triumph which extended the 20-year-old from New York’s remarkable record to 12 title wins from 13 WSA Tour final appearances.
Career high ranking of 13 in the world today!!!This time last year I was down at 30 and now I'm at 13. Can't wait til I'm full time on tour!
— Amanda Sobhy (@itssobhytime) June 1, 2014
England now boasts six players in the world top 20 after Sarah Kippax leapt from 22 to 18 to celebrate a best ranking for two and a half years. The Chester-born 31-year-old won her 10th Tour title at the CourtCare Open on home soil in April – then became the only unseeded player to make the quarter-finals of the British Open to mark her first ever appearance in the event’s last eight.