Four Locals Take On Women’s Qualifying Draw in U.S. Open

Latasha Khan (L) in first round match versus Sarah Kippax (R) in 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open (Image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

Latasha Khan (L) in first round match versus Sarah Kippax (R) in 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open (Image: Steve Cubbins/squashsite.co.uk)

Tonight, October 10, four local players will compete in the sixteen-player women’s qualifying draw for the 2014 Delaware Investments U.S. Open, across six Philadelphia-area clubs, including the courts at Drexel University, all with hopes of capturing one of the eight possible qualifier spots in the main draw. 

Olivia Blatchford, world No. 42 and the only American slotted to play at Drexel, faces England’s Emily Whitlock, world No. 32, at 6pm. The two have played twice before; the wins split between them. [UPDATE: after the withdrawal through injury of Amanda Sobhy, Whitlock moves into the main draw and Blatchford now faces Egyptian world junior champion Habiba Mohamed]

The only women’s match featured at Germantown Cricket Club will be played between veteran Women’s Squash Association (WSA) player and world No. 40, Latasha Khan, and Mexico’s Samantha Teran, the world No. 38, at 6pm. Longtime opponents, this match marks their twelfth meeting; with just two wins from Khan. 

In their first career match, Cecelia Cortes, world No. 70 and a Cambridge, Massachusetts-native, faces Ireland’s Aisling Blake, world No. 37, at the Philadelphia Country Club, for a 6pm match. 

In the last match of the evening at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, current Princeton student and No. 1 for the women’s team, Maria Elena Ubina, faces Egypt’s Yathreb Adel, world No. 74, at 6pm.