2017 Boston Open
Hosted by The University Club of Boston
January 5th – 8th
First Time Partners Sobhy/Pierrepont Win MSF Boston Pro Am
The first event of 2017, the MSF Boston Pro Am, took place at the University Club of Boston this weekend.
A strong draw featured #1 ranked pair, Dana Betts and Stephanie Hewitt, rising stars Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge and first-time partners, PSA world #6 Amanda Sobhy and WSDA world #2 Suzie
In the top half of the draw, #3/4 seeds Amy Milanek and Victoria Simmonds beat local pairing Mary McKee and Squash Busters coach Nessrine Ariffin before falling to Betts/Hewitt 3-0 in the first of Saturdays semi finals. The bottom half of the draw saw two new faces to the WSDA tour. Elani and Lumi Landman from South Africa faced fellow PSA player Amanda Sobhy and her partner Suzie Pierrepont in the first round, losing 3-0. The Landman twins will certainly be players to watch in the future.
In the second semi final of Saturday afternoon, Sobhy/Pierrepont dispatched #2 seeds, Khan/Guruge 3-0. Guruge appeared to find Sobhy’s court coverage frustrating in a high paced, all court game.
The MSF Boston Pro Am final was a battle of the left handed players. Impressive ball striking and shot making from both Betts and Sobhy ensured a high paced game with Sobhy once again using her excellent court coverage to apply pressure to Betts/Hewitt. The event was Sobhy’s first appearance on the WSDA tour in over a year, her last being the 2015 Boston Open which she won with University Club pro, Fernanda Rocha. Sobhy was once again victorious on her home court as she and Pierrepont defeated the tops seeds 3-0.
Thank you to tournament organizers, Lenny Bernheimer and Tom Poor, and everyone involved with the event.
#3/4 Amanda Sobhy/Suzie Pierrepont bt. #1 Dana Betts/Stephanie Hewitt
15-10, 15-5, 15-10
The first event of 2017 takes place this weekend in Boston. The draw for the MFS Pro-Am Boston, hosted by the University Club, is topped by current world #1, Dana Betts and her partner world #9, Stephanie Hewitt.
The top half of the draw features local players Mary Mckee and Squash Busters coach, Nessrine Ariffin. McKee/Ariffin face Victoria Simmonds and Amy Milanek for a place in the semi-finals.
At the bottom half of the draw, #2 seeds Latasha Khan and Tehani Guruge face strong competition from first time partners, Amanda Sobhy and Suzie Pierrepont. This event will be a first appearance on the WSDA tour in over a year for Sobhy, the current PSA World Ranked #6. Sobhy, will be a player to watch in the Tournament of Champions next week. Sobhy/Pierrepont will need to get past two new faces on the WSDA tour, Elani and Lume Landman, to secure a spot against Khan/Guruge in the second semi-final.
Home Favorites Capture 2016 Boston Open Title
Fernanda Rocha and Amanda Sobhy made the most of their home court advantage in the first WSDA Boston Open sweeping to a 3/0 vicotry over #2 seeds Dana Betts and Victoria Simmonds in the final. Sobhy, the PSA world ranked #11,flew back from competing in Qatar to partner with University Club assistant pro Rocha.
Hosted by the University Club of Boston the $10,000 event included #1 seeds and current #1 ranked pair, Narelle Krizek and Natarsha McElhinny. Krizek/McElhinny lost a nail biting semi final match to the eventual winners.
In the bottom half of the draw #2 seeds Dana Betts and Victoria Simmonds defeated Alex Clark and Georgina Stoker in a close 3/0.