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Tarek Momen (right) in action against Eain Yow Ng (left)

Tournament of Champions RD3: Momen Moves Through to Quarters

World Champion Tarek Momen advanced to the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions following a 3-1 victory over Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Momen, who won a tough second round battle against World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy, was on form in the first two games to move ahead, before a comeback from Eain Yow in the third saw him take a game back for the loss of just three points.

The young Malaysian managed to cause problems for the World No.3 in the fourth game too, but ultimately it was the experience of ‘the Viper’ which proved the difference in the end as he took an 11-9, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 win to set up a last eight fixture with another World Junior Champion in the form of Mostafa Asal.

“I know he’s an upcoming player and he’s a World Junior Champion,” said Momen following his match.

“He’s been making big strides on the PSA Tour, so I knew that I shouldn’t underestimate him and I should be prepared. I did my preparation well today, but some days no matter how well you prepare it doesn’t work. I’m not saying I played badly at all, I think I did my best on the day.

“He played fantastic, especially in the third and the fourth, I just need to reset a bit mentally because I’m not very happy with that side. My shots are not that bad, it’s just the mental side that needs to be reset.

“After Marwan’s match it was just a bit hard because it was very intense to get through something like that on the first day. Overall, I’m happy to be through, it was a fairly contested match and I’m happy the people enjoyed it.”

[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-4, 3-11, 11-9 (42m)

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