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Tarek Momen (right) got the better of Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi

Men's Worlds: Momen Survives Al Tamimi Scare To Reach Last Eight

World No.3 Tarek Momen had to come back from the brink to knock out home favourite Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi to reach the quarter finals of the PSA Men’s World Championships.

This was only the second meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour with the first having come just five weeks ago at the U.S. Open in Philadelphia.

The first game went the way of the World No.3, as he needed just eight minutes to win it 11-5. However, Al Tamimi fought back to take the second on a tie-break, despite losing a big lead in the middle of the game.

The Qatari No.1 had to come from behind to take the third game, as he found himself 7-4 down to Momen. However, Al Tamimi fought back to win it 11-9, and he found himself up in the match, to the delight of the home crowd.

The home favourite then found himself 6-2 in the fourth game, and it looked like he was on course for another special victory, but Momen fought back, with the help of a break in play due to a bloody injury to Al Tamimi which helped him regain his thoughts, as he took it 11-9 to tie the match.

The Egyptian then showed his bottle and his strength in the deciding game, as he restricted Al Tamimi to just four points, taking the match 3-2, in exactly the same fashion as he did in Philadelphia five weeks previous.

“I am quite happy, because it was a very tough match. Halfway through the fourth game I knew things were critical because I was 6-3 down. I had no solutions at the time so I had to just really grind it out,” Momen admitted.

“I am really happy with the way I fought to come back and win, and I have to recover now and stop thinking about what happened and move forward and prepare for my match against Diego.

“From the very beginning when I entered the court, I realised there was a lot of support from the Egyptian crowd. I was a bit worried when the crowd is against you. The Egyptian crowd evened it out and it made the atmosphere unbelievable. There was cheering after every point, whether it was for Abdulla or for me, so I think it was very entertaining for everyone.”

Al Tamimi said: “Tarek was just a little bit stronger and better in the fifth game, like he was in the U.S. Open. It could have gone either way, but the better player in the end won the match.”

Result
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 11-5, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 (75m)

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