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The Grasshopper Cup taking place inside Zurich's Halle 622

Grasshopper Cup: Finals Day - As it Happens

Join us here for reports and reaction from finals day at the 2019 Grasshopper Cup – held at Zurich’s Halle 622.

An all-Egyptian final is in store for the second year in succession as World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.3 Tarek Momen go head-to-head for the trophy at 15:30 (UTC+2).

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Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local UTC+2)

Before that though, we had the conclusion of the women's exhibition tournament, with France’s World No.4 Camille Serme getting the better of Egypt’s World No.3 Nour El Tayeb

New Zealand’s Joelle King came in third after defeating Belgium’s Nele Gilis in the third place play-off.

You can watch all of the action back on our YouTube stream below:

In the men's Grasshopper Cup final, ElShorbagy and Momen will meet for the 19th time on the PSA Tour – and it's the former who leads their head-to-head record with 13 wins to Momen's five.

Momen has beaten ElShorbagy in their last two matches though, winning in semi-finals of both the PSA World Championships and Canary Wharf Classic earlier this month.

Both players will be appearing in their second Grasshopper Cup final. ElShorbagy lost here 12 months ago to fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour, while Momen went down to four-time World Champion Amr Shabana in the 2014 title decider.

ElShorbagy will be looking to win his first PSA Tour title of 2019. Momen, appearing in a third successive final for the first time in his career, has already won the CCI International this year but has never beaten ElShorbagy in a final.

ElShorbagy Beats Momen to Become the Champion

Mohamed ElShorbagy celebrates

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy is the 2019 Grasshopper Cup champion after a sublime performance saw him down fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen to win his first PSA title of 2019.

ElShorbagy was a losing finalist here 12 months ago but played at a ferocious pace as he took the opening game for the loss of eight points.

Momen was at his best in the second game though as he began to work ElShorbagy around the court, and he displayed some incredible touches and deceived his opponent with a variety of angles to fight back from an early deficit, going game ball up in the process.

ElShorbagy came back to level at 10-10, but Momen looked to have restored his one-point cushion after a delicate drop into the nick caught ElShorbagy out and a no let was initially called. ElShorbagy asked for a video review though, where that decision was overturned and a yes let was given by the video referee.

That point proved to be pivotal as ElShorbagy prevailed over the next two rallies to double his advantage.

‘The Beast’ powered to a 7-2 lead in the third, only to see Momen dig into his energy reserves to launch a comeback, and he came back to within one point of his opponent.

ElShorbagy wasn’t to be denied though as he raised the pace and crunched the ball around the court to complete the win by an 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 victory in 50 minutes, lifting the 36th PSA title of his career in the process.

That means he moves up to eighth on the all-time PSA title winners list – one place above the legendary three-time World Champion Nick Matthew.

“I’m really proud to win it,” said ElShorbagy afterwards.

“This is the third time I’m coming back here, and a lot of great names have won this trophy like Gregory Gaultier and Ramy [Ashour]. To put my name besides the greats of squash is an honour, and I’m really proud to lift this trophy in front of this crowd. They’ve been amazing all week, and I’m really glad I won at the end.

“He [Momen] has been playing the squash of his life this season, he made three finals this month, and I know how hard it is to back it up after every tournament. He should be really proud of what he achieved this month.

“The second game was crucial, and I thought that if I could go 2-0 up it would have been a mountain to climb. I’m really glad I was able to finish that off and win the title. It’s been an up-and-down season for me, but I wanted to show what I can do and play well.

“This season is far from over for me. There is still the World No.1 spot to play for this season, and I’m going to trying to get that spot back by the end of the season, I’m going to give it my all.”

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 (50m)

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