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ToC Squash 2024: Egyptian rising star Amina Orfi battled into last eight

Egyptian rising star Amina Orfi battled back from 2-1 down against Tinne Gilis to advance to the quarter finals of the 2024 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the second time the 16-year-old has reached the last eight of a Platinum-level event.

Orfi, who was a quarter finalist at the 2023 U.S. Open back in October, trailed 2-1 to World No.8 Gilis before equalising by taking the fourth 11-9 and edging a closely-fought fifth game to seal a place in the last eight.

“It’s an amazing win,” said Orfi afterwards.

“I was down 2-1 in games and I came back and in the last I was 9-6 up and she came back and with the decisions at the end, it could have gone either way.

“I really enjoy this court and the people that watch, it’s amazing. I think it’s great for the sport, they were cheering for both of us, which is great. I’ve played them both [Rowan Elaraby and Nele Gilis] once before so depending on who wins, it’s more serious with a semi-final place up for grabs.”

In the men’s draw, defending champion Diego Elias overcame Youssef Ibrahim to tee up a quarter final showdown with Mazen Hesham.

The Peruvian won 3-1, with two injury breaks disrupting the flow of Ibrahim as Elias used his court craft well to see off the Egyptian and continue his title defence in New York.

Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2024 – Men’s RD3 (bottom half)

[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (42m)
[5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 8-11, 11-9, 11-1 (40m)
[6] Mazen Hesham bt Fares Dessouky (EGY) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (49m)
[2] Diego Elias (PER) bt Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (62m)
Results: J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2024 – Women’s RD3 (bottom half)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt [4] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 11-7, 1-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-8 (84m)
Amina Orfi (EGY) bt [7] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-2: 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9 (82m)

[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 3-1: 11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 11-7 (36m)

[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bt Mariam Metwally (EGY) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (24m)
Draw: Men’s quarter finals (top half) – to be played January 22
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v [8] Tarek Momen (EGY)
Victor Crouin v [3] Paul Coll (NZL)
Draw: Women’s quarter finals (top half) – to be played January 22
[1] Nour ElSherbini (EGY) v [8] Olivia Weaver (USA)
Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY) v [3] Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
Draw: Men’s quarter finals (bottom half) – to be played January 23
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) v [5] Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG)
[6] Mazen Hesham v [2] Diego Elias (PER)
Draw: Women’s quarter finals (bottom half) – to be played January 23
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) v Amina Orfi (EGY)

[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [2] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

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