Blatchford to Meet David in Ciudad de Floridablanca Final After Sobhy Halted by Injury by Sean Reuthe
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March 10, 2017
- Top seed Amanda Sobhy’s tournament at the inaugural Ciudad de
Floridablanca came to an abrupt end after the United States No.1 tore
her achilles while match ball up during her semi-final clash with
compatriot Olivia Blatchford at the Parque el Santisimo.
Sobhy had been putting in an imperious display against her Team USA
teammate as she powered two games ahead, taking them 11-1, 11-6 as she
controlled the ’T’ and unleashed some crashing winners to the back of
But, at 10-5 up and on the verge of securing her place in the final,
Sobhy’s achilles on her left leg gave way as she set off to chase down
a drop, leaving the World No.6 crumpled on the floor, and she was
forced to retire from the match and the tournament in what is the
latest fitness issue in an injury-hit 2017 after a partially torn
fascia impeded her during January’s Tournament of Champions.
"She was outplaying me completely, she was 100 per cent the better
squash player," said an emotional Blatchford, with whom Sobhy is close
"I was five match balls down so I thought I would do some different
things, I just sent her the wrong way and, when she moved, she went
down. I’m praying for her, all I can do now is be the best teammate I
can for her now and take her strength by doing my best tomorrow.
"I know I don’t deserve to be out there tomorrow, she does, so the best
thing I can do is honour her by giving my best on court tomorrow. I
need to really show up tomorrow for Amanda."
Blatchford will appear in her biggest ever PSA W70 final against
legendary Malaysian Nicol David, who recovered from a game down to beat
England’s Alison Waters - reaching her 101st Tour final in the process.
Waters controlled the early stages of the match after a slow start from
David, but the eight-time World Champion soon found her rhythm, and she
took the last three games in succession to wrap up an 8-11, 11-9, 11-6,
11-2 triumph - sealing a place in her first Tour final since the 2015
Hong Kong Open.
"I was just a bit reactive in some parts of the match and she was free-flowing," David said.
"I wasn’t fully comfortable hitting my shots or finding my lines. I
managed to settle into the game and started hitting my targets well and
putting her under pressure. I was really pleased to enforce my game and
pull it through to win 3-1.
"I’m glad to get to the finals here, it’s been such a special
tournament, I’m just really enjoying it. I’ll give it a good go. When
you’re in a final, you’re both there to just go for it and I’ll be
doing just that."