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Swedish Open - Day 2: As It Happens

After a brutal first round, it’s onto the quarter-finals in Linköping as players look to back up from a series of mammoth matches yesterday.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

[6] Daryl Selby (ENG) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) v [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[5] James Willstrop (ENG) v [1] Ali Farag (EGY)

Rösner On A Rampage To Down Selby In 3

A polished and crips performance from Simon Rösner saw him through to the semi-finals of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open at the expense of Daryl Selby.

Both men endured difficult first round challenges against Declan James and Gregory Marche, respectively, requiring over 70 minutes on court to set up today's encounter, but it was Rösner who looked to have backed up better as he started with a bang, hitting his lines and finding perfect length from the first rally.

After getting ahead in the first few points Rösner stayed there, largely dictating the play and keeping Selby on the defensive back-foot and relying on his racket skills to try and dislodge Rösner from the central areas.

But it wasn't enough to stop Rösner as he came through 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 .

“I had a really tough match yesterday but today I found my rhythm and found my length and found my short game as well – everything seemed to be working well,” said Rösner.

“I beat him for the first time in New York last month – so this was only my second win over him. Everything that I was trying to do was working today and I think maybe Daryl was also feeling the effects of yesterday so I managed to take advantage of it.

“It's always very fair against Daryl and we're actually sharing rooms this week, so it's a bit awkward!”

[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [6] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (40m)

Momen Makes In Past Pilley

After a 97-minute first round match against Mathieu Castagnet yesterday, Tarek Momen was expectedly slow out of the blocks in his quarter-final encounter with Cameron Pilley but showed impressive grit as he dug in to recover a first game defeat to secure passage to the last four.

After losing the first 11-8 and looking well off his usual explosive self, Momen cut a different player when he stepped back onto court for the second and began to impose his speed and agility on the play to twist and turn Pilley and make life difficult for the tall Australian.

After levelling Momen then showed off his soft hands in the third to take it 11-2 before keeping his composure to take the match in four games.

“I'm happy that I managed to recover and regroup from yesterday and just play as good as I can,” said Momen.

“I think today's match was really good and I'm happy that it didn't go to 5 (games), and that will allow me to have some more recovery for tomorrow.

“Cameron is great at controlling the ball and the pace so I was very glad I was able to settle after the first game and find my targets.”

[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [8] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (54m)

Coll Too Good For Mosaad

Paul Coll booked a place a semi-finals of the 2018 UCS Swedish Open courtesy of a disciplined straight-games win over Omar Mosaad.

Coll played tight, controlled squash in the opening game and used his speed to harry and unsettle Mosaad, causing errors to stream from the racket of the big Egyptian.

Mosaad came back in the second, using his size and strength to take command of the central area, but Coll managed to squeeze through to double his advantage before upping the pace once again in the third to complete the win.

“If you leave it in the middle he has great hands and is tough to get around so I had to be disciplined into all four corners,” said Coll.

“He got me at the US Open so I looked at that match and devised a game plan to beat him and I'm happy to pull it off..

“There were a few patches where I gave him too many opportunities but I think for the most I stuck to the game plan.”

[3] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [7] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-0: 11-4 , 12-10, 11-5 (44m)

Farag Foils Willstrop

An absolute masterclass performance from Ali Farag saw the Egyptian World No.3 dispatch former World No.1 James Willstrop with ease in the last eight of the Swedish Open – taking just 30 minutes to complete an emphatic 3-0 win.

Farag moved with ease and hit with precision to leave Willstrop with absolutely no answers with the Egyptian at times looking like he could toy with the Englishman, twisting and turning him into all four corners of the court in what was a fabulous performance that underlines his credentials as tournament top seed.

“Players like James are the guys who I grew up watching and dreaming of playing against and its an honour to play against him here today,” said Farag.

“I am really happy with how I played. Everything unfolded the way I wanted. I was in control of the T for most of the match. Whenever I went for a shot it came off as well.

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [5] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)

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