The 2015 PSA NetSuite Open is underway in San Francisco as American world No. 19 Amanda Sobhy enters the inaugural $25,000 women’s draw as the top seed, and six of the world’s top ten men’s players enter the $100,000 draw of the west coast’s flagship professional tournament.
Men’s and women’s main draw matches will be streaming live from the NetSuite Challenge Court on SquashTV, September 25-28.
Sobhy, who is in the midst of her first season as a full-time professional after graduation from Harvard, is joined by Pan American Games teammate Olivia Blatchford in the main draw and is seeded to meet English national champion Sarah-Jane Perry in Monday’s women’s final. The women’s wild card is Reyna Pecheco, who is the first graduate of a NUSEA program—San Diego’s Access Youth Academy—to pursue a professional career.
The high-caliber men’s draw is led by England’s world No. 2 Nick Matthew, who is predicted to face France’s world No. 3 Gregory Gaultier in Tuesday’s men’s final. Current world champion Ramy Ashour makes his much-anticipated return to the tour after an injury-plagued year as the four seed in the bottom half of the main draw, while Colombian world No. 4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez is the three seed in the top half of the draw. Ashour caught up with tournament promoter John Nimick in this video interview leading up to the tournament.
Qualifying is underway at local clubs in San Francisco—Bay Club San Francisco, Bay Club Marin, and Olympic Club. The first round of qualifying took place Wednesday, with all men’s and women’s seeds advancing. Thursday’s Qualifying begins at 4:45 local time, 7:45 ET. Bay Club San Francisco and Marin matches will be streaming and scored live on U.S. Pro Series Live powered by www.clublocker.com. Olympic Club matches will also be scored live on www.clublocker.com.
Off to San Francisco for the second tourny of the season, @NetSuiteSquash! Can’t wait to make my first trip out to SF! ????✈️
— Amanda Sobhy (@itssobhytime) September 22, 2015
— NetSuite Open Squash (@NetSuiteSquash) September 23, 2015