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Clyne & Abbas Gatecrash Detroit Quarter-Finals

9 Feb 2023

USA's Olivia Clyne is through to the quarter-finals of the DAC Pro Squash Classic after dispatching Belgium's No.5 seed Tinne Gilis in three games, while Egypt's Nada Abbas came from behind to knock out Welsh No.6 seed Tesni Evans.

World No.17 Clyne, who last week reached the final of the Cleveland Classic as an unseeded player, went into the match having lost her previous two meetings against Gilis, but was buoyed by the knowledge that the world No.13 was struggling with injury.

Sure enough, the Belgian found Clyne's pace and accuracy too much to handle, with the American racing into a 2/0 lead before converting the third game 11-7.

World No.24 Abbas, meanwhile, looks to be growing in confidence after a gutsy performance saw her beat world No.14 Tesni Evans 3/1 after losing the opening game.

Elsewhere, top seed Joelle King of New Zealand survived a tough encounter with Egypt's Yathreb Adel to safely progress.