Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy came back from 2-1 down to pull off a five-game upset over reigning world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini in the CIB Black Ball Open quarterfinals Thursday, December 10, in Cairo, Egypt. On Wednesday, El Sherbini defeated Sabrina Sobhy to set up a quarterfinal match with the elder Sobhy sister. "Nobody beats two Sobhys in a row!" Sobhy said. "That was in my mind to not let her beat my sister and me, back-to-back, so I am glad I got one for the family.” Sobhy, world No. 7, will face world No. 5 Hania El Hammamy in today's semifinals. Sobhy and El Hammamy's match will follow on from the first semifinal, which begins at 12pm noon EST on SquashTV and PSA World Tour Facebook Live.
US Squash has released additional details on the Community Affiliate Network and is now welcoming applications. In the coming year, US Squash will add dozens of Community Affiliates across the country, pioneering a model that will bring the sport to thousands of new players and strengthen the social fabric of our communities.

US Squash will host a virtual town hall on December 16 to highlight recent developments in community squash. Leaders from organizations across the country and US Squash staff will discuss the US Squash Community Initiative and how Community Affiliate Network programs will dramatically increase access to the sport in the coming years. Register here.

US Squash hosted a virtual forum for the junior squash community on Tuesday, December 1. Led by US Squash staff, the forum addressed the current status of competition, planning for the reintroduction of national competition and the 2021 national championships. Watch a replay of the forum here.

Zena Wooldridge has been elected as the new World Squash Federation (WSF) President following the WSF’s 2020 Annual General Meeting on Saturday, December 5. Wooldridge will serve a minimum four-year term after being elected by delegates representing sixty-four National Federations – a record number – who attended the fiftieth WSF AGM which was the first to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This month’s episode of Outside The Glass, the squash podcast, is about photographs of a particular encounter, during the first round of the 1994 British Open, between Anthony Hill and Mir Zaman Gul. Steve Line took the photos and talks with OTG about what happened that day.

Practice your officiating skills with the #CallOfTheWeek series. Watch the clip and vote for your call on Twitter or on the Call of the Week page. The correct decision will be released tomorrow!