Top seed Doha Hany of Egypt was pushed to three games in her last-16 clash ©Getty Images

Top seed Doha Hany of Egypt was forced to dig deep to advance to the quarter-finals of the All-African Badminton Championships in South Africa.

Nigeria’s Grace Gabriel threatened to pull off a major shock when she took the opening game against Hany at the John Barrable Hall in Benoni.

But Hany responded, taking the next game before holding her nerve in the decider to complete a 19-21, 21-13, 21-14 victory.

The Egyptian will next face fifth seed Husina Kobugabe of Uganda who advanced to the last eight with a 21-6, 21-6 thrashing of South Africa’s Michaela Ohlson.

Home hopes rest on the shoulders of fourth seed Johanita Scholtz who claimed a 21-15, 21-16 win over Uganda’s Tracy Naluwooza.

Algeria’s Tanina Violette Mammeri will be Scholtz’s next opponent after the sixth seed defeated Egypt’s Rahma Mohamed Saad Eladawy 21-15, 21-14.

Unseeded duo Yasmina Chibah and Malak Ouchefoun are set to meet in an all-Algerian quarter-final clash.

After stunning third seed Lorna Bodha of Mauritius in the opening round, Ouchefoun has moved into the last eight with a 21-15, 21-17 success against Madeleine Carene Leticia Akoumba Ze of Cameroon.

Adham Hatem Elgamal of Egypt was among the winners in the last 16 of the men's singles ©Getty Images
Adham Hatem Elgamal of Egypt was among the winners in the last 16 of the men's singles ©Getty Images

Chibah also progressed after seeing off eighth seed Hana Tarek Zaher 21-12, 21-12.

Seventh seed Fadilah Shamika Mohamed Rafi of Uganda came from behind to avoid an upset, beating Nigeria’s Chineye Ibere 19-21, 21-9, 21-14.

Mohamed Rafi has been rewarded with a match against Egypt’s second seed Nour Ahmed Youssri who downed Algeria’s Linda Mazri 21-6, 21-4.

All eight seeds will contest the quarter-finals of the men’s singles as top ranked Youcef Sabri Medel of Algeria overcame Egypt’s Ahmed Salah 21-17, 21-11.

Medel will now tackle South Africa’s eighth seed Robert Summers who defeated Mauritius’ Melvin Appiah 21-16, 21-9.

Nigeria’s third seed Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori claimed a 21-11, 21-16 victory over home player Ruan Snyman to set up a quarter-final tussle with Zambia’s sixth seed Kalombo Mulenga who came from behind to beat Mauritius’ Jean Bernard Bongout 19-21, 21-13, 21-19.

In the bottom section of the draw, second seed Adham Hatem Elgamal of Egypt was made to work hard before completing a 21-18, 13-21, 21-15 triumph against South Africa’s Robert White.

Elgamal will next face seventh seed Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius who hammered Algeria’s Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi 21-3, 21-1.

The other quarter-final contest will see Algeria’s Adel Hamek and Uganda’s Brian Kasirye, seeded fifth and fourth respectively, go head-to-head.

Hamek beat Aaron Assing of Réunion 21-18, 21-11, while Kasirye came from a game down to defeat South Africa’s Caden Kakora 17-21, 21-12, 21-6.