World No.3 Tarek Momen is through to the third round to the PSA Men’s World Championship 2019-2020 after defeating fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham in straight games in Doha.
The pair had met three times previously on the PSA World Tour, with Hesham having won their most recent encounter, which came at the 2017 El Gouna International.
Momen was the one to take the advantage in the first game though, as he stormed out to a 10-6 lead. However, the World No.19 won the next three points to put last season’s World Championship finalist under pressure, but the ‘Viper’ was able to get over the line, taking it 11-9.
The second game saw Hesham take the big lead, but the World No.3 was able to save three game balls, as he won five consecutive points to win the game on a tie-break, turning it round from a 7-10 deficit to winning it 12-10.
The third game was much more comfortable for Momen, who restricted his compatriot to just five points, as he booked his place in the third round of the tournament, setting up a clash with home favourite Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi on Monday.
“It was very close, with the first two games going down to the wire and you never know what could have happened if the score was reversed. I am very happy with the way I carried out my plan today. It is the best you can do against Mazen because sometimes he comes up with some unbelievable stuff that no matter what you plan for, you might as well cancel it immediately,” Momen said.
“I just wanted to rely on the fact that with the same amount of unbelievable good shots, you might get a few errors, so I just wanted to stay consistent and hopefully weather out the storm. I am very happy to get off in three games, it is a real bonus.
“I had to forget about the score and fight for every point. I just wanted to forget that I was down, and I had been in the situation plenty of times so I knew it was possible to come back from any score deficit. I just hung in there, and it was crucial to get that 2-0 lead, because otherwise, things could have gone a different way.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-5 (35m)