America’s No. 1 squash player Amanda Sobhy out for most of the year

World No. 6 and America’s No. 1 squash player Amanda Sobhy will miss most of the year after receiving surgery for her ruptured left Achilles tendon on Friday.

Sobhy suffered the injury at the semifinals of the Cuidad de Floridablanca Open in Floridablanca, Colombia. She was playing against Olivia Blatchford when she went down with the injury. Blatchford and Sobhy played together on the U.S. National Squash Team. Sobhy had the 2-0 lead before she fell to the ground in pain.

“It’s nice to finally begin the recovery process,” said Sobhy in a press release. “It’s going to be a long road ahead, but I’m determined more than ever to come back stronger to the PSA (Professional Squash Association) Tour.”

The American will be off her foot for the next five weeks and will then begin physical therapy. The goal is for Sobhy to return to the 2017 World Championships in Manchester, England this December.

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“It’s tough. It’s a massive setback, ” said Sobhy, the highest ever ranked American-born squash player. “But I’m only 23 and I have my whole career ahead of me. I can use this time to make sure that I build up my body”.

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