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CWC Update: Mosaad Beats Golan In 5

[1] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [8] Borja Golan (ESP) 3-2: 8-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (99m)

Top seed Omar Mosaad mounted a huge comeback to keep his hopes of winning a maiden Canary Wharf Classic title alive after overturning a two-game deficit to defeat Borja Golan courtesy of a gurgling 99 minute Battle Royale in London’s East Wintergarden today.

Th hard-hitting Egyptian looked certain to be on the next flight back to Cairo as he fell behind 8-11, 11-13 to an inspired Golan, who was replicating the kind of play that saw him open up a similar 2-0 lead against Nick Matthew during the Windy City Open just two weeks ago.

Golan was playing positive, attacking squash utilising his movement to take Mosaad out of the game to the applause of the crowd. But Golan’s error count began to creep up during the third as he appeared to try and force proceedings and see the match out in a hurry.

Mosaad remained calm and took the third 11-6 before chaos descended in the fourth when, with both players desperate to take the game, the referee was called into action time-after-time as traffic issues became a prominent theme.

Golan seemed to lose his focus and his continued exchanges with the referee saw him become the crowd villain as the fourth went in favour of Mosaad and the Egyptian remained the calmer of the two in the fifth as he surged to victory against an infuriated Golan who live stop rue a second wasted two-game lead in succession.

Key Moment
The fourth game descend into a scrappy affair with regular referee interactions and decision and the stop-start fashion undoubtably allowed Mosaad to regain his energy levels and halted the play of Golan, who showed in the opening two games just how good he can be when he plays free-flowing attacking squash.

Player Comments
Omar Mosaad: “I’m feeling tired right now – when I lost the first two games I thought I had lost the match and I was already thinking about a flight home tomorrow.

“But then I managed to get back into it and force it to 2-2 and I’m very happy that I managed to push through and reach the final this year.

“I lost my concentration when I was up in the first game so I tried to push myself concentration wise in the third and fourth. The important thing now is to rest and prepare as best as I can for the final tomorrow.”

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