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Orfi Ousts Clyne To Make World Championship History

6 May 2023

At the age of 15 years and 10 months, Egyptian sensation Amina Orfi has become the youngest player ever to reach the last 16 round of the PSA World Championships after a stunning win over USA's world No.13 Olivia Clyne at Union Station in Chicago.

"I feel so happy," said the championship debutante from Cairo after her 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6 upset over the 13th seed. "I didn't know I was the youngest player, so knowing this now motivates me.

"The first game was crucial and I think that's what opened the match up for me. I'm not focusing on it [how far she can go in the tournament] and I'm just focusing on my game. Hopefully I can do well and continue on for the rest of the tournament."

Orfi now faces compatriot Hania El Hammamy, the No.3 seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.

In the men's draw, top seed Mostafa Asal avoided a shock defeat against 2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad, prevailing 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8 after 81 minutes.

Qualifier Mohamed Abouelghar continued his giant-killing run in the men's event with an 11-9, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7 victory over fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky, the 10th seed.

In his ninth World Championship appearance since 2013, England's unseeded Nathan Lake celebrated his first time in the third round after upsetting Grégoire Marche, the 15th seed from France, 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3.