Sugimoto Scores Sole World Championship Upset At Harvard

Sugimoto scored the only upset on the first day of action in the WSF Women’s World Junior Individual Squash Championship in Boston, USA, when she ousted Australian Selena Shaikh, a 9/16 seed, to claim an unexpected place in the third round of the World Squash Federation championship at Harvard University

Sugimoto became the only Japanese player through to the last 32 after despatching Melbourne-based Shaikh 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 in 27 minutes.

Defending champion Amanda Sobhy led US hopes into the third round after crushing Ecuador’s Mikaela Albuja Sanchez 11-3, 11-2, 11-1 in just 13 minutes. The No2 seed from New York will be joined by her younger sister in the next round after Sabrina Sobhy beat South African Alexandra Fuller 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7.

And fellow New Yorker Olivia Blatchford also comfortably made it through her first match. Seeded to reach the sem-finals, Blatchford defeated India’s Lakshya Ragavendran 11-0, 11-4, 11-3.

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