Farag advances to second round of qualifying draw (photo courtesy: Gil Talbot).
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ali Farag and Amanda Sobhy of the Harvard squash teams will compete in the qualifying draw of the 17th edition of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at the Yale Club in New York City Jan. 16-19.
Farag opened up play Wednesday, Jan. 15 with a win over Ryan Cuskelly of Australia 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 to advance to the second round. Farag will now take on Cesar Salazar of Mexico Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sobhy is currently slated to face former Harvard teammate CeCe Cortez '13 in the first round of the women's qualifying Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2:15 p.m.
Sobhy, ranked 18th in the world and Farag will both return to the qualifying draw for the second consecutive year. Hailing from Sea Cliff, N.Y., Sobhy, defeated Delia Arnold of Malaysia (11-9, 11-5, 11-8) before narrowly falling to Australian Kasey Brown (11-8, 15-13, 12-10) while Farag dropped a hard-fought battle in his first round match against Mathieu Castagnet of France. The lead changed hands several times before the Cairo, Egypt native ultimately falling, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 14-12, 13-11 at this event just one year ago.
Adding to an already impressive resume, Sobhy posted a 23-6 record on the Women Squash Association tour while taking home four titles. The two-time reigning national champion earned victories at the Buler Squash Challenge Cup 2013, Hampton Squash Week 2013, Squash Revolution National Capital Open 2013 and the Harrow LA Open. Sobhy now has ten career WSA titles.
At Harvard, the junior is currently, 4-0, playing the Crimson's top spot. She has helped her team to a No. 1 ranking according to College Squash Association current rankings with a 6-0 start, including back-to-back wins over No. 4 Princeton and No. 3 Penn.
As a decorated athlete on the college level, Farag has competed in 18 professional events throughout his career. In April of 2012, the senior captured his first title at the Layer 3 Telecom & Hazlow Electronics Rochester Pro-Am in Rochester, N.Y., by defeated South African Clinton Leeuw.
Farag looks to claim his second national champion in the No. 1 position for the Crimson during the 2013-14 campaign. The men's squad has posted a 7-0 record while sweeping each of its opponents, 9-0.
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