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Tarek Momen (right) in action against Diego Elias

Canary Wharf QFs: Momen Downs Elias In High-Quality Affair

In one of the matches of the tournament so far, World Champion Tarek Momen got the better of Peru’s Diego Elias to reach the semi-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic.

For 40 minutes, the pair battled it out in a high-paced, high-intensity affair, with both players finding their range early to hit some spectacular shots throughout the quarter-final clash.

It was the World Champion who took the opening salvo, thanks to some wonderful play in the front corners, keeping the ball tight with Elias struggling to return the drop shots the Egyptian was putting in.

He found a way to switch it up in the second, and his power play was enough to take the match into a decider but it would be Momen that took the win, as he stretched out a lead in the third. Although the ‘Peruvian Puma’ was able to save a couple of match balls, it was the World No.3 that booked his place in the last four in London.

“”I am very happy with the way I played today. A much more focused performance, not too many errors, which is what I look for. I think I played really well throughout the whole match,” Momen said.

“The errors I made in the second were not unforced, it was more the high pressure rallies that we were playing. It got to me for a small part and you only need one or two points to change the momentum.

“I was happy with my short game today. For a while I was not so sure if I was at the top of my game in that department. It was still very good but not at the level I wanted, but today I was very close to how I want it to be, so it is a positive thing.”

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [6] Diego Elias (PER) 2-1: 11-8, 8-11, 11-6 (40m)

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