Student Squash star Yathreb wins US Open quarter finals place

Sports fans at Roehampton are celebrating after elite Squash player Yathreb Adel – who is ranked in the world top 75 and has just started a business degree at the University – sensationally won through to the quarter finals of the US Open tournament.

Posted: 16 October 2014

Yathreb, 18, who plays for Egypt, beat world 10th seed Annie Au from Hong Kong, in what commentators described as one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Her quarter finals match is due to take place tonight against French number four seed Camille Serme.

Yathreb said: “I’m thrilled to be in the quarter finals of the US Open. It’s such a prestigious event, and it’s the first time I’ve played here.” She added: “I have settled into Roehampton really well, my first impressions are really good, the campus is nice and there is a friendly atmosphere”.

She said her goal was to be the Women’s world squash champion and believes time management is key to to balancing her studies and playing Squash.

As well as studying for a degree in Business Management, Yathreb is part of the University’s elite sports programme, managed by the Sport Roehampton service. During her degree, Yathreb will continue to compete in national and international tournaments, whilst also representing Roehampton in inter-university competitions.

David Dickinson, Director of Student Experience at the University of Roehampton, said: “Yathreb has really rocked the boat at the US Open, and we expect to see more of the same thrilling match play in her quarter-final tonight.

“She is a great example to other future students who excel in their sports: With good support it is possible to study hard and secure a highly respected degree and continue to compete at the highest level.”

Sport Roehampton organises sport and physical activity programmes for students, staff and the community. Sports clubs, competitions, exercise classes, dance based activity, social and recreational sport plus an on-campus gym are all available.

It has a track record of supporting elite student athletes. These include Alex Matthews, a member of the Women’s Rugby World Cup winning squad who graduated in July, and rising tennis star Rhett Purcell who competed in this year’s Wimbledon junior tournament.

Scholarships and bursaries are available for Roehampton students who are at the top of their chosen sport. Successful scholars are assisted to study and complete their degrees whilst maintaining demanding training regimes.

Shortly before beginning her degree, Yathreb won the British Junior Open under-19 Championship. During her time at the University she will work towards improving her world ranking on the WSA tour.

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