American number one Amanda Sobhy delighted a capacity crowd in San Francisco earlier today when she defeated England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to claim the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA W25 title.
Although the evening air was chilly as the championship match got underway, the open-air NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero quickly heated up as two top seeds battled to see who would secure the inaugural NetSuite Women’s trophy.
Sobhy stormed her way through the draw, dropping just one game en route to the final, as did her opponent world no. 15 Sarah-Jane Perry. The 25-year-old Englishwoman had a slight edge coming into the championship match, having triumphed in their only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour. In a compelling title-decider, it was the World No.19 who took the spoils to rapturous applause.
Sobhy started strongly, attacking the ball quickly and hitting with punishing pace, to take the opening game. Perry responded in the second by moving her opponent deeper in the court and then hitting her trademark trickle boast to tie the match. The 22-year-old left-hander reasserted her status as one of the sport’s most promising talents when she resumed control in the third game, again dictating a quicker and stronger pace to win with relative ease. Despite watching two match balls go to waste in the fourth, Sobhy regrouped to win the championship on the third attempt, prevailing 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10.
“I’m feeling great right now and I’m just really happy to get the win here tonight,” said Sobhy, who has embarked on a full-time career as touring professional after graduating from Harvard University this past May. “It was a big goal of mine to come here and perform well, especially leading up to the US Open in a couple of weeks. I’m playing SJ again there in the first round and I know she’ll come back stronger.”
Joining Tournament Director John Nimick and NetSuite founder Evan Goldberg for the trophy prsentation was 10-year-old Mika Barden, who had taken it upon herself to raise an additional $15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to increase the women’s purse to $25,000. Barden’s organization, GirlShape, will continue to raise money to advance gender parity. Champion Sobhy endorsed that goal. “Thanks to all the organisers for putting on a really great women’s event here in San Francisco. It’s been fantastic to play here and hopefully we can keep growing this event in the future and have equal prize money for the women and men.”
Result – 2015 NetSuite Open W25 Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10 (37m)