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SQUASH: Mosaad and Momen to contest World Championship Semis
It took World No. 6 Omar Mosaad five games to beat three-time champion and World No.4 Ramy Ashour, in what was an emotional game for both players. Mosaad took the first two games which were highly competitive, only for Ashour to level the match and move to a decider.
The Maestro struggled with his movement in the fifth game, to the point where Mosaad asked him if he wanted to stop the match, but he insisted to carry on.
“I’m feeling amazing – it’s the first time in my life to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship and it’s amazing. I’m really happy.” said Mosaad in his post-match comments on the tournament’s official website.
“It was my fourth match in this tournament and I’ve got more confidence especially after beating Adnan and Borja Golan. I’m pleased with my performance especially in those first two games. In the third and fourth I got a little tired.”
“I’m really sorry for what happened to Ramy because he was controlling so I was lucky a little bit tonight but i need to go and recover and get ready for tomorrow’s match.”
He concluded his interview saying, ” Before Grasshopper I think he was ahead 12-0 on our head to head and that was my first ever win over him. He was injured then but winning is winning. I hope he recovers soon but I’m happy to be in the semis. I’m trying to win and I’ll do my best to win the next match.”
In a game that had many swings of momentum, World No. 12 and eighth seed Tarek Momen came on top of a five games emotional thriller against World No.2 and three-time World champion Nick Matthew.
“It’s hard to digest at the moment but of course I’m really happy with the achievement,” said Momen in his post-match reaction on PSA’s official website.
“Beating Nick on it’s own is quite an achievement, he’s such a great player and making the semi-finals of the World Championship is a huge for me but it’s not over yet so I need to keep focused and hopefully get a win in the end.”
Momen is set to contest the World Open’s semi-final against his compatriot Omar Mosaad on Sunday, on that game he added, “Mosaad is my childhood rival and we go way back but we’re good friends,”
“We’re even sharing rooms. I hope tomorrow will be a decent match and we’ll both try to win of course so hopefully the best man will win.”
James Willstrop [ENG] v Grégory Gaultier [FRA]
Omar Mosaad [EGY] v Tarek Momen [EGY]
Games will kick-off on Sunday, starting at 2 am CLT.