Egypt’s reigning World Champion Tarek Momen power past compatriot and World Junior Champion Mostafa Asal in straight-games to reach the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
Asal had been enjoying the best tournament of his PSA career so far after defeating both Mohamed Abouelghar and former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier in the previous rounds. However, Momen proved to be too strong for the 18-year-old as he eased to victory in New York.
Momen, who had just watched his wife Raneem El Welily bow out of the tournament moments earlier, kept his focus to not allow Asal any time to play his usual attacking brand of squash as he controlled the match from the outset to ease to an 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 win.
“I’m definitely happy to get through in three games,” said Momen.
“I’ve known Mostafa probably since he was born. I think I finished my junior career when he was just four or five years old and to be honest I never thought I’d be competing against him, I always thought I’d have retired before he even joined the PSA. Kudos to him, he has done impressively well to improve and reach that level where he is actually competing on a big stage like this. In the quarter finals of an event like this at the age of 18 is something we have to salute him for.
“I’m very happy to be able to handle the pressure because it’s always tough to play an up and coming player. The way I dealt with the situation and I managed to control the errors from the first game, I’m very proud of that.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Mostafa Asal (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 (33m)