Momen Sets Up First All-Egyptian Malaysian Open Final
14 September 2012
RESULTS: PSA International 50 CIMB Malaysian Open, Selangor, Malaysia
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)
Unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen overcame a first game deficit in today’s semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor before beating higher-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan to set up the first ever all-Egyptian final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event.
Momen will face fellow countryman Mohamed El Shorbagy, the No2 seed who earlier beat Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller.
Golan, the 29-year-old world No17 from Santiago de Compostela, had several game-balls in the opening game of the second semi-final before finally clinching it after a lengthy tie-break.
But Momen, five years younger and two ranking places lower, reclaimed the advantage early in the second game and held his nerve thereafter to close out the match 13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 after 53 minutes.
The Cairo-based Egyptian was celebrating his second appearance in the event final since 2010 – and his first win over former world No10 Golan since August 2008.
“What really helped me today – and made a big difference – was that I was really calm. And this helped me keep my focus,” said Momen, now in the eighth PSA Tour final of his career.
“I kept my error count to a minimum and that really helped.
“It’s good for Egypt that we have two players in the final. And I wish Mohamed the best of luck!”
The earlier semi was the first PSA Word Tour battle between two players who contested the world junior semi-finals in Switzerland in 2008.
El Shorbagy, the world No8 making his first appearance in the Malaysian Open, twice had to come from behind against Mueller, the 23-year-old from Zurich who became the first Swiss player to make the world top 20 this month.
The Egyptian regrouped in the decider and finally clinched his 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 64 minutes.
“I am just really glad I got through .. it wasn’t easy at all,” said the 21-year-old from Alexandria who is marking his ninth Tour final. “I’m putting too much pressure on myself these days to win and which I shouldn’t!
“I can’t believe that was our first meeting on PSA. We played only once before, which was at the semi final of the World Juniors which I won in five also.
“I was 10-7 up in the first and 8-6 up in the third – and lost both! It’s just frustrating how I lose my concentration. If I had got any of these two games, I don’t think we would have gone to a fifth game – but the way he came back was just very strong!
“It was a great match. I think we both played well and I think we both realise after this match that we will create great rivalry together – hopefully like the Nick (Matthew) and Ramy (Ashour) one in the future!”
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