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Mohamed ElShorbagy

U.S. Open SF: ElShorbagy Keeps Title Defence Alive

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy moved one step closer to defending his FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships title after defeating compatriot and World No.3 Tarek Momen in straight-games.

Former World No.1 ElShorbagy is the one player to still be unbeaten so far this season after claiming both the China Squash Open and Oracle NetSuite Open titles, as he looks to take back his World No.1 spot from the clutches of current holder Ali Farag, who he will face in tomorrow’s final.

Both ElShorbagy and Momen had met just two weeks ago in the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open when they played out a thrilling five-game battle, however, today’s match up proved to be a much more straightforward encounter for ElShorbagy as he powered past his compatriot.

ElShorbagy, who defeated New Zealand’s Paul Coll yesterday, had to be on his metal in the opening two games as the two players pushed each other into all areas of the court with the World No.2 eventually taking a 2-0 lead.

The third proved to be a much more clinical affair for ElShorbagy as he broke down Momen’s resolve to reach the final by an 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 scoreline.

“Me and Tarek have had lots of tough battles this year,” said 28-year-old ElShorbagy.

“We have already played twice in the same week and we are probably going to play so many times this season. We had a tough match in San Fran and today was a bit different with different conditions. Winning that second game made a huge difference for me to be 2-0 up.

“I’m really happy to be off in three and playing Ali tomorrow, he has had a really good run here and with how many matches he has had, I had to make sure that I won in three if I was going to get through today.

“You had to win the rally many times before you won the point. Patience was the key today and I think I was a little bit more patient than him.

“It would mean so much to have a shot at winning the U.S. Open title for the fourth time, but I’m up against the best player in the world right now. I’m after him and I want his ranking, but right now he had an unbelievable season last season and I think it’s fitting that the first Platinum tournament of the season we have the World No.1 and No.2 in the final and hopefully it’s a good match in front of everyone.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (44m)

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