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El-Tayeb, Mosaad reach their first US Open final

Photo: US Open Squash official website

Photo: US Open Squash official website

World No.7 Omar Mosaad and World No.8 Nour El-Tayeb made it two Egyptians in the Delaware Investments US Open Squash finals, after beating England’s Nick Matthew and France’s Camille Serme respectively.

Mosaad, celebrating the biggest win of his career, reached the US Open final alongside Nour El-Tayeb, who made it to the women’s final.

Two of four Egyptians who made it to the tournament’s semi-finals, didn’t advance to the finals as Mohamed El-Shorbagy and Omneya Abdel-Kawy lost their matches against Gregory Gaultier and Laura Massaro.

Mosaad, who is known as “Hammer of Thor”, knocked out three-time world champion Nick Matthew out of the competition. With his first win -in 12 attempts- over World No.2 Matthew, he reached his first-ever World Series final.

“Beating Nick for the first time, in my first ever World Series semi-final, is an amazing feeling and I feel like I’ve been playing really well this event and I’ve been trying very hard to improve recently,” said the 27-year-old in a post-match interview on PSA’s official website.

The victory comes just a couple of months after Mosaad lost his mother and sister in a road accident in Egypt.

“Before the season my family had an accident and I lost two of them and when I was playing in Macau earlier in the season I was confused and not focused.

“After that I worked hard with my coaches who did a great job with me in helping me stay focused on being inside the court and it’s really been working well this tournament and we will see what happens tomorrow,” he added.

Mosaad, a first time finalist of a World Series, will be facing World No.3 Grégory Gaultier, who managed to get the best of defending champion Mohamed el-Shorbagy, on Saturday.

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Photo: Professional Squash Association’s official website

Meanwhile in the women’s side, Nour El-Tayeb came from a game down to beat Camille Serme, World No. 4, in a four-game thriller.

The 22-year-old came into the game with heavy strapping on her right shoulder as a result to a severe fall during her semi-final game against World No. 1 Raneem el-Welily, but she showed no signs of giving up and swept the game 3-1 in 54 minutes.

“It feels so great to be playing for the title! I really didn’t expect it. Today I haven’t been in the routine I usually have when I’m playing well, and my shoulder is still painful,” said El-Tayeb in a post-match interview on US Open’s official website.

“Camille is number three in the world and the British Open champion so it was always going to be a very tough match and I’m delighted to reach the final, I’m looking forward to the final and hopefully I can come back and play well again tomorrow,” she added.

Nour will contest her first-ever World Series major and US Open final on Saturday against the 2011 champion and World No.3 Laura Massaro, who overpowered Egypt’s Omneya Abdel-Kawy in Friday’s second semi-final.

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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