World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy has won the Oracle NetSuite Open title for a second time, after he got the better of World No.3 Tarek Momen in a deciding fifth game at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.
The pair were meeting for the 21st time on the PSA World Tour, and it was Momen who got the better start, but ‘The Beast’ was able to fight back quickly to gain the momentum in the first game, taking it 11-6 in just nine minutes.
The tournament’s No.1 seed also had an advantage in the second game at 6-3, but ‘The Viper’ won seven of the next eight points to sit pretty at 10-7. However, ElShorbagy was able to save all three game balls to push it into a tie-break.
‘The Beast’ then saved another game ball, but Momen would eventually get over the line to win it 13-11 to tie the match. The third game was a reverse of the second, with the World No.3 having to save several game balls. ElShorbagy, though, was able to get over the line 11-9 to go 2-1 up in the match.
Momen had control throughout the fourth game, in his quest to send it into a decider. He won it 11-7, but he was unable to keep his levels of performance up in the final game, as ElShorbagy proved too much, winning the match in 70 minutes, and claiming his second Oracle NetSuite Open title, following his 2017 victory.
“The way Tarek has been playing, the consistency he has had is unbelievable. I think the way the match went. It was cat-and-mouse. We both kept doing different things and luckily I won the first game so I had the advantage,” ElShorbagy said.
“Matches like this, when they go to a fifth, anything can happen. Whoever has the better start in the fifth usually pulls through. Luckily, I had that better start today.
“We are going to play a lot this season and hopefully we will some more amazing matches for the fans to enjoy.”
Result – Men’s Final: Oracle NetSuite Open
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-2: 11-5, 11-13, 11-9, 7-11, 11-4 (70m)