Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-0 Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 11-7, 11-6, 11-2 (23m)
My game plan depends on the player if there is a certain strength or weakness of theirs, that I can expose or to stay away from then I’ll highlight that or implement that in my game plan, but apart from that it’s more about feeling confident in my game plan. I know that if I can execute my game plan, play freely and confidently, then I feel like I can beat anybody, so it’s more about getting into my own game plan.
I’m really happy to get off in straight-games. This is my third tournament in a row, so it can definitely be tough mentally to get back into that mindset. I really wanted to make sure I focused from the first point and didn’t give her an inch, because I think she thrives on the momentum and if she feels she’s in it then she can be a really dangerous player. I wanted to make sure I came out firing to be in that dialled in mindset.
It’s a new experience to be playing Platinum events back-to-back. I think just knowing that this is the last big push, so give it your all and then after that you can finally go home.
My sister is based at this club and my dad and her live seven minutes down the road, so it’s nice where it has a home vibe to it and I know I can go to a home, which I did to do laundry! It’s nice to have them here, so I don’t feel so alone.
Me and my sister are sharing and we could be playing each other next. I told her I would sabotage her in the room! I knew this day was coming, so I’ve been mentally preparing for it but obviously we don’t know what the result would be. All three of us will be playing each other at US Nationals in a couple of weeks, so I guess it is good for me that I can maybe get the beginning nerves out instead of playing them at Nationals first.”