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Tarek Momen

U.S. Open QF: Momen Overcomes Rosner

Egypt’s World No.3 Tarek Momen progressed through to his first FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships semi-final after coming from a game down against Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rosner.

The two players have gone head-to-head many times on the PSA Tour in the past with each player recording five wins apiece heading into today’s encounter, however, this time it was Momen’s opportunity to take the advantage as he defeated last year’s runner-up Rosner in four games.

The tall German took the opening game, before the Egyptian edged the second and then truly put his mark on the match to close out the remaining two games for the loss of just three points in each.

Momen will now face either New Zealand’s Paul Coll or Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy for a place in the final.

“Getting to my first semi-final here is special,” said 31-year-old Momen afterwards.

“I’ve always wanted to well here but I’ve never reached the semi-final. The closest I came was last year when I was match ball up in the fifth but lost it in the tie-break, so it’s good that I have gone one step further and hopefully I continue to go further into the tournament.

“I’m happy with the win, I have played Simon many times as we are the same age. Our head-to-head is 5-5 and there is nothing in it really, so I’m happy to get the win today.

“I think every pair of players in the top ten must have played each other in a final. I’ve had big finals against Paul [Coll], Mohamed [ElShorbagy] and Simon, so you just have to think about it as a normal match against a top player and be sharp 100% and execute the game plan as well as possible.”

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [5] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (54m)

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