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Tarek Momen is through to the World Championships final after beating Simon Rösner (left)

Men’s Worlds: Momen Reaches Second Straight World Champs Final

World No.3 Tarek Momen is through to the final of the PSA Men’s World Champiosnhips for the second consecutive edition after beating Germany’s Simon Rösner in four games in Doha.

The Egyptian made it all the way to the final in Chicago earlier this year, and he has done the same this week, despite losing the first game to the European No.1.

Rösner held the momentum through the first game, as he took control of the ’T’ and was able to put his stamp on the way the game was being played. Despite the Egyptian saving three game balls, the German was able to take the first 11-9 to take the early lead.

The World No.6 also took an early lead in the second game, but a string of errors from Rösner and some Momen winners gave the advantage back to the Egyptian, including six straight points. He took the second 11-7 to level the match.

The third game followed exactly the same pattern, with the German taking an early lead, but Momen fought back to take it 11-6 thanks to some more errors from his opponent.

The fourth game started with some lengthy rallies, but some quick fire points throughout the middle period gave Momen the advantage. Despite the German saving two match balls, it was the Egyptian that took the victory to move through to the World Championships final.

“It was a really good match today. Simon pushed himself really hard and he gave it everything at the beginning. I was really struggling to cope, but at the end of the day, this is the semi finals of the World Championships and nerves have to play a role,” Momen admitted.

“I am just so glad that I managed to pull myself together and keep pushing. There was pivotal moment in the second game when I was 6-3. I had to push really hard because going 2-0 down against Simon… We have had that scenario a few times and I have never won. Going 2-0 down was going to be a real mountain to climb.

“I was so glad to come back to win that game and from then on I just kept pushing and tried to use my speed advantage a little bit to close out the match. Happily, I managed to win eventually.

“I had to adjust a few things, because Simon makes up for the lack of speed with his court coverage. He has a massive reach and he can cut off so many of my shots. I tired to make him work as much as possible without giving him any volleys. It was a tough job for me, because it is always tough to get the ball past someone as tall as Simon.

”It is amazing, but I am not done. I have been there already and I know how it feels. The focus is to recover and to prepare myself for a big battle and to finally lift the trophy that I have always dreamed of.”

[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [5] Simon Rösner (GER) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (58m)

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