Egypt’s World No.3 Tarek Momen was in fine form to take out Germany’s World No.30 Raphael Kandra and advance to the quarter finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia.
Momen, who went to five-games with Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the last round, showed that his focus was sharp as he took a comfortable two-game lead against the German.
However, the third game was not so straight-forward for the Egyptian as Kandra gave a strong account of himself to put Momen under pressure in an exciting climax to the match with both players pushing themselves into all four corners of the court, before Momen eventually came away with the 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 victory.
"How's his heart rate not gone over 200BPM after that rally!?"— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) October 8, 2019
Terrific final rally between
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“I’m really happy to get off 3-0, especially after that last game,” said 31-year-old Momen.
“I thought he might sneak it and then who knows what happens and then it could turn into another long match. Raphi is a very tricky opponent and has had some really good results recently. San Francisco he played amazingly well and for me to get a 3-0 win over him today is something I’m really happy with.
“My last match really helped me prepare for tonight, when you go into a tournament after having a few days off, I didn’t get the best practice and I was taking care of my body so you might go in a little not sharp and that match definitely put me back on track and today showed there was progress. Hopefully I keep getting better and better as this tournament goes on.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 12-10 (36m)