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Grasshopper Cup: Semi-Finals - As It Happens

It's semi-finals day at the Grasshopper Cup, with four exciting matches – including a women's exhibition tournament – taking place at Halle 622.

The women's exhibitions have now concluded, with World No.3 Nour El Tayeb beating Belgium's World No.27 Nele Gilis, while World No.4 Camille Serme defeated World No.5 Joelle King.

El Tayeb and Serme will meet in tomorrow's exhibition final, while Gilis and King will contest the third place playoff.

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local GMT+1)

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad meet in the day's first match.

Both players won in straight games yesterday, with ElShorbagy beating Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez, while Gawad put on a show as he dismantled Germany's Simon Rösner.

ElShorbagy leads their head-to-head record 7-3 and won their last encounter in January's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions though Gawad did beat his compatriot en route to winning the Black Ball Open in December.

Gawad's performance against Rösner was reminiscent of the form he showed during that title win in Cairo and a repeat of that display tonight could see him send the top seed out.

World No.8 Mohamed Abouelghar ended World No.1 Ali Farag's 11-match unbeaten run last night – and he will look to follow that up by scalping World No.3 Tarek Momen today.

Momen is aiming to reach a third successive PSA Tour final for the first time in his career and has won all eight matches against Abouelghar on the tour.

Abouelghar was sublime though against Farag, while a brutal schedule looks to be taking its toll against Momen, who looked to be fading physically during his semi-final encounter with India's Saurav Ghosal.

Abouelghar will look to take full advantage but will still have to bring his 'A' game if he is to eliminate the in-form Momen.

ElShorbagy Dispatches Gawad in Four-Game Thriller

Mohamed ElShorbagy

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy will appear in a second successive Grasshopper Cup final after prevailing in a gripping four-game battle against World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad at Halle 622.

Known on tour as ‘The Beast’, ElShorbagy put in a performance befitting that moniker as he held his opponent’s shot-making skills at bay to win 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 in 59 minutes.


Gawad overcame ElShorbagy en route to winning the Black Ball Open in December and came into today’s match after an emphatic win over World No.5 Simon Rösner in the previous round.

But this time around, ElShorbagy played at a rip-roaring pace as he dragged Gawad all around the court, before charging up to the ’T’ to attack at the front.

Gawad was able to stick in the match for the most part as he recovered from a game down to level, while he came within a whisker of winning a crucial third game after weathering a storm to go game ball up.


Two strokes and a tin followed in quick succession though to hand the initiative back to ElShorbagy, and the 28-year-old blitzed to victory in the fourth against a tired-looking Gawad to book his spot in the title-decider with a statement win.

“I’m very proud of this performance,” said ElShorbagy.

“I knew after I beat him in the Tournament of Champions that he would be looking sharp today. I thought at the ToC he was maybe a little bit out of his level. Today, I knew he was going to be up for it from the first point.

“The way he beat Rösner in the quarters, not many people can do that in that fashion. I knew it was going to be a tough battle, and when he is playing at his best he is probably the most talented player on tour right now. I played with [Amr] Shabana a lot when he used to play, and he reminds me a lot of him with the way he moves me on court.

“I was up 9-6 in that third game, it was a very crucial game, and at that point I was thinking more about winning it, rather than how I was going to win it. That’s when the emotions take control of your brain, but luckily for me he gifted me that game with an error and a stroke.

“When you play a match which is such high quality like this, and you see the crowd cheering after every point with all their heart, it’s what we play for, we’re entertainers.”

Result
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 (59m)

Momen Cruises to 3-0 Win Over Abouelghar

Egypt’s World No.3 Tarek Momen made it nine successive wins over fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar as he advanced to a third PSA Tour final in a row for the first time in his career.

24 hours ago, Momen could barely stand up after battling to a hard-fought quarter-final triumph over India’s Saurav Ghosal, but he backed it up superbly as he dominated proceedings today at Halle 622.

In contrast, Abouelghar was coming off the back a sensational 3-1 win over World No.1 Ali Farag in the previous round, but he looked like a different player as he never really got going against Momen.

Momen had already beaten Abouelghar four times this season, with their last two meetings going the distance to five games, but he was a class apart in Zurich. He dictated the tempo of the match and hit his targets perfectly to record an 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 victory after just 38 minutes of play.

“Of all of the scenarios I had in my mind, this is the best one,” Momen said.

“To get a 3-0 win is just spectacular. I know Mohamed had a tough one yesterday, I think mentally more than physically. I believe it would have been hard to back it up, I’ve been in this situation a few times, and I know taking out the World No.1 can take a lot out of your mind.

“He tried his best today, but I felt he wasn’t as sharp and I was happy to get off to a very good start. My main focus was to be sharp at the start so I don’t give him any easy opportunities to capitalise on.

“We’ve played so many times, in every single tournament I play Abouelghar. By now, we know each other’s games pretty well. This is the longest gap that I haven’t had any training sessions with him because we play each other in every tournament.

“We play against each other more in tournaments than we used to in practise, which is crazy. I’m just happy with the way I played today, I’ve been in and out of focus a little, but overall I’m pleased with my performances over the whole week.”

Momen will appear in his first final here since 2014, where he will face last year’s runner-up Mohamed ElShorbagy. Momen will look to build on back-to-back wins over the World No.2 after beating him in the semi-finals of both the PSA World Championships and the Canary Wharf Classic.


“This is my fifth time here in Zurich, in the previous four events I’ve had a different result in every single one,” Momen continued.

“I’ve made the final, the semi-finals, the quarter-finals and the last 16, so hopefully this time it will be a different result as well!”

Result
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (38m)

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