World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy is through to the final of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic after defeating World Champion Tarek Momen, avenging his defeat at the same stage twelve months ago.
364 days previous, it was Momen that took the victory, as he made his way through to the final of last year’s event, but ElShorbagy took the win this time, despite a very slow start, in what was their 24th meeting on the PSA World Tour.
‘The Beast’ held the 18-5 advantage over Momen coming into tonight’s clash, but it was the World No.3 that started the better, as his movement and skill into the front corners was too much for his fellow Egyptian.
The second game was very tight until the middle part, as a couple of mistakes from ‘the Viper’ allowed ElShorbagy to take the lead, one he would not relinquish, as he restore parity in the match.
After a quick first game, the rallies in the second have been brutal, and this is the longest of the lot so far!
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The World No.1, who won this event in 2018, then continued that momentum throughout both the third and fourth games, picking off Momen when required. More errors from the reigning World Champion helped give ElShorbagy the comfort of a lead in both games, as he went on to win out 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 in less than 50 minutes, booking his place in the final in Canary Wharf for the second time in three seasons.
“I hope everyone enjoyed that match, because we both played such high quality squash. We always play great matches, and I remember two years ago when we played in the final. We both gave it our all on court and today we did the same,” ElShorbagy said.
“I absolutely love coming back here. Since the first day, the crowd is always full and you guys always support this event. It is because of you, and we really appreciate it, so thanks a lot!
“The last couple of days, it was so high-paced. We went for more winners, whereas today we were mo economical. We had to manage our fitness. There are more tactics in a best-of-five, and I am really glad to be here for another day.
“Tarek has been in great form this season. After the final in TOC [J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions], he said that he was on the right track. Having to play someone who feels like that is always hard.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (49m)