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Teen Orfi Stuns King To Make US Open Quarters

10 Oct 2023

At the age of 16 years and three months, Egypt's Amina Orfi has become the youngest player ever to reach the quarter-finals of a PSA World Tour Platinum event after she overcame world No.4 Joelle King at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center.

The notable achievement comes nine years after 15-year-old qualifier Habiba Mohamed, also from Egypt, became the youngest ever PSA World Series event quarter-finalist after ousting two seeds to gatecrash the last eight of the Malaysian Open in August 2014.

Orfi, who already has three PSA titles to her name, came back from a game down against 35-year-old King - the event's third seed - to secure an 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 victory which sets up a mouthwatering last eight clash against US No.1 Amanda Sobhy.

King dug in to take the opening game despite Orfi holding a game ball, but the Egyptian showed her class from the second game to take the win. King looked to be managing an injury and wasn't able to pick up the attacks that her opponent threw at her as Orfi booked her spot in the last eight.

"I can't believe it, I came into this match with no expectations," said Orfi afterwards.

"I learnt lessons in Paris and Qatar, I played point by point and the results just came. I had to take care of her experience, she's been on court way more than me, so when she's tired she knows how to manage the game very well. I had to play my best shots because when they were in the middle she put them away.

"I'm looking forward to a rest delay to relax, finally."

In the men's event, US hopes came to an end as England's Mohamed ElShorbagy took out the country's top-ranked male player with an 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 win over Timothy Brownell.