Sobhy stuns Nouran to reach q-finals

KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 30 Amanda Sobhy made a remarkable comeback to reach the women’s quarter-finals at the Windy City Open in Chicago.

Sobhy was sidelined for 10 months due to an Achilles injury but yesterday, she stunned Egypt’s world No. 6 Nouran Gohar 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.

The American star faces Joelle King of New Zealand for a place in the semi-finals. King knocked out fourth seed Laura Massaro of England 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6 in 70 minutes.

“It’s been such a long journey after my injury. I wanted to prove to myself that I’ve come all this way and I’ve fought back from injury and I can still beat the top people,” said Sobhy.

“If there was ever a tournament to win, then this would be a good one. I love Chicago – being the home girl is awesome as you have everyone’s support.

Youngster and world No. 22 Hania El Hammamy of Egypt, who stunned world No. 7 Nicol David in the first round on Friday, was shown the exit by England’s Alison Waters.

Waters defeated the 17-year-old 12-10, 8-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 in the second round to set up a meeting with defending champions and second seed Raneem El Welily of Egypt.