Reigning World Champion Tarek Momen is into the semi-finals of the CIB Egyptian Open despite having to battle through stomach pains during his last eight encounter with Peruvian World No.6 Diego Elias.
This was the 11th meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, with Momen holding a handsome 9-1 advantage over the ‘Peruvian Puma’, including a couple of victories in the early part of 2020, prior to the enforced suspension of the tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it was Elias that made the fast start in this one, winning six of the first seven points of the match. He went on to win it 11-7 thanks to a couple of late errors from the Egyptian gifted him the momentum, after Momen had started to come back into it.
More errors plagued the current World Champion at the start of the second game, before what look like an abdominal injury also started to hamper him. However, he fought through it to level the match, and it turned out to be a suspected bout of food poisoning.
The match continued to turn one way and then the other, and there were plenty of stoppages due to Momen doubling over with stomach pain, along with court wiping and even a burst ball late in the fifth game.
What an effort from
TkMomen</a>!! <br><br>The Viper has been through the ringer today - and then he pulls this off at match ball! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SquashByThePyramids?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SquashByThePyramids</a> <a href="https://t.co/Svkw9xTZwe">pic.twitter.com/Svkw9xTZwe</a></p>— PSA World Tour (PSAWorldTour) October 15, 2020
It was eventually the World No.4 that got over the line after an hour and a half of play in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza, booking his place in the semi-finals of the Platinum event, and making sure that the las eight players in the tournament, from both the men’s and women’s draws, are all Egyptian.
“I don’t think I enjoyed my experience today on court but I am very proud with the way I fought. Throughout the whole match, I kept fighting, whether I am in pain or not it is irrelevant. It is all about what is happening on court and I just gave it my all,” Momen said.
“It was a very tough match and he is just so talented, so tough to beat, and so to get a win today is such a privilege in front of my home crowd.
“I need to check what I had for lunch to make sure I don’t have it again. That is the main issue, but I am okay. It was a bit painful but nothing to take away form the way I played. It was a hard-fought match and I cannot make any excuses. I won’t 3-2 against a very tough opponent and that is it.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt  Diego Elias (PER) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 (88m)