Reigning World Champion Tarek Momen defeated England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop by an 11-8, 11-3, 3-11, 11-4 scoreline to reach the quarter finals of the Qatar Classic PSA Platinum event taking place in Doha this week.
Momen, who 12 months ago claimed his biggest win on this stage when he lifted the World Championship trophy, came from 6-1 down to win the first game before comfortably doubling his lead in the second.
The Egyptian perhaps allowed himself to get a bit too comfortable in the third as Willstrop was able to quickly reduce the deficit by disrupting Momen’s rhythm and punishing him with his trademark accuracy at the front of the court.
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World No.3 Momen soon got back to his game plan in the fourth though to close out comfortably and set up a last eight battle with Wales’ World No.10 Joel Makin.
“As always it’s a pleasure to play James,” said Momen.
“He’s one of the incredible talents and it’s always very tricky. He could string a few points in five seconds and you find yourself 6-1 down and I had to dig deep to win that first game. Then when I felt I was comfortable and running away with the match, he came back at me in the third and snuck it in a few minutes. I tried as hard as possible to expose his movement a bit, I succeeded in some patches but in some other patches my concentration levels were up and down. Overall, I’m happy with the performance and all credit to James, he played a great match today.
“I’ve been playing Joel [Makin] a few times recently and I lost the last couple of times. I definitely am looking forward to tomorrow’s match to make up for those losses and play much better squash. I felt like I didn’t play my best the last few times we played and I really want to make up for that tomorrow.”
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-1: 11-8, 11-3, 3-11, 11-4 (37m)