25 March 2014
Report from US Squash
One week after defeating her older sister, Amanda, for the first time to earn the title of U.S. Champion, Sabrina Sobhy has successfully defended her girls' U19 U.S. Junior Championship title against Reeham Sedky. Sobhy (pictured below, right) maintained a perfect record with three-game victories throughout the tournament with Sedky–sixteen years old–coming the closest to winning a game against the now junior and senior U.S. champion with a scoreline of 11-6, 11-2, 13-11. This is Sabrina's third consecutive U19 title at only seventeen years of age.
GU19The boys' U19 final came down between soon-to-be University of Pennsylvania teammates Hayes Murphy (pictured top, left) and third-seeded Derek Hsue. With both players coming off grueling five-game semifinals, the final was just as closely-contested with the match score split at 1-1 after two games. Murphy pulled away with the third and fourth games to win his first junior national title in his final junior championship appearance.
U.S. Junior Open girls' U17 champion Chloe Chemtob won her first girls' U17 U.S. national title after finishing third and second in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Sixteen-year-old Chemtob–a Canadian-American dual citizen–defeated fifteen-year-old two seed Casey Wong 12-10, 11-4, 11-8.
Adding to his 2010 BU13 national title, top-seeded Sean Hughes (pictured left, front) is now U17 champion after defeating two seed David Yacobucci 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5.
Thirteen-year-old Elle Ruggiero (pictured below, left) won her fourth title in four years in a four-game girls' U15 final against Ona Prokes. Ruggiero won the U11 in 2011, and two consecutive U13 titles in 2012 and 2013.
Fourteen-year-old top seed Ryan Murray won his third national title in his third age division against three seed Patrick McElroy in a marathon five-game boys' U15 final 13-11, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4. Murray adds to his 2009 U11 and 2013 U13 national titles.
Continuing her upward progression from finishing girls' U11 runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Bronze Championships, to winning her first national U11 title in 2013, Marina Stefanoni won her second national title in two years in the U13 division. Down 2-1 in the final against two seed Meghna Sreedhar, Stefanoni clawed back to win the match 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-2.
Playing in his first U.S. Junior Championship and on the heels of winning two Junior Championship Tour titles this season, twelve-year-old Mateo Giraldo won his first national title 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 in the boys' U13 final against Kedar Nagaraj, who endured three consecutive five-game matches leading up to the final.