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Rising Star Orfi Fights Back To Reach Second Platinum Quarter Final

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January 22, 2024
by Brad Burke

 

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.

The quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions begins tomorrow from 17:00 (GMT-5) with the top half of the draw, with action taking place on the iconic all-glass court inside Grand Central Terminal. All four matches will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

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