World No.3 Tarek Momen is into the semi finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship 2019-2020 after getting the better of World No.7 Diego Elias in the last eight in Doha.
The Peruvian was making his first appearance in the quarter finals of the sport’s premiere event, and the nerves seem to get a hold of him in the opening exchanges, as Momen was the on to win the short, sharp rallies that started the match off.
Momen was better in the front of the court during the first game, and he was able to seal it 11-6 to take the advantage. He then won the first five points of the second game, but Elias was able to mount a comeback.
The ‘Peruvian Puma’ eventually had a game ball, but Momen was able to save it to send the game into a tie-break. Elias then saved a game ball as well, but the Egyptian was able to take it 13-11 to keep the momentum in his favour.
The World No.3 held that advantage throughout the third game, and some errors from the 22-year-old Peruvian star allowed Momen to cruise to victory in under 40 minutes. He will now face World No.6 Simon Rösner in the last four.
“I know that Diego has been into a few semi finals before but maybe the World Championship is a little bit different. He has the experience of making it to the latter rounds, but maybe the good start that I had made the difference,” Momen admitted.
“He came back really strong in the second game and it was very close. If he had snatched that second game, then I don’t think he would have been fazed by the occasion. I managed to get a good start which helped a lot towards the end.
“I was really keen on trying to get as explosive and as tight as possible. I tried to cut down on the errors as much as I could because it makes a big difference. A match could go to five games and 120 minutes or it could be over in just 40 depending on the start. I tried to learn from the few things that I have done wrong in previous matches, and today was a good day at the office for sure.
“I am really looking forward to playing Simon [Rösner] again, and I am hoping for another win to make it to another final at the World Championships. It would be unbelievable for me to make two finals in a row at the Worlds, so I am really looking forward to it.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt  Diego Elias (PER) 3-0: 11-6, 13-11, 11-6 (36m)