Both the No.1 and 2 seeds have been beaten in The Sturbridge Capital Motor City Open semi-finals as Diego Elias and Fares Dessouky set up a surprise final in Detroit.
In the opening semi-final of the night, World No.2 Paul Coll faced the ‘Peruvian Puma’ Diego Elias in what promised to be an entertaining affair. The pair did not disappoint. Elias showcased his trademark deception and skill to twist and turn the New Zealander and earned himself a 2-0 lead and have one foot in the final.
Coll came back, however, and put pressure on his younger opponent forcing some unforced errors from the racket of Elias. Coll clawed one game back but Elias was not to be denied. The Peruvian managed to win a tight fourth game 12-10 to book another Motor City Open final place.
“I’m happy with the result,” said Elias. “I’m happy with the patience I had and then the game plan I had. He’s a great player and he can stay in there for three hours, so I’m just happy to get it done in an hour and a half.”
“If we went into a fifth game, it would have been like 20 or 30 more minutes in there, and I knew that was not going to be to my advantage. So I went for some winners and they went in – I won like four points in one minute. That worked very well for me.”
Fares Dessouky in action
There was an all Egyptian clash in the second semi-final with former World Champion Tarek Momen facing Fares Dessouky, who has been absent from the tour due to injury since September.
Dessouky wasted no time in the first game and ran out to a 10-1 lead to eventually win it 11-7. Momen managed to recover in the second game and started to restrict Dessouky’s attacking options.
Dessouky however had other ideas and unleashed some devastating attacks to the front of the court giving Momen no chance to make any headway of his own in the match. Dessouky won the next two games 11-4, 11-5 to join Elias in the PSA Silver event final.
“I had to regroup after the second game, and I was thinking: ‘OK, now do you want to play well, or do you want to win?’” Dessouky said. “If I want to win, I have to play the best squash I could, and make it hard for him on the court, too.”
Final action will start at 16:00 (GMT-5) from Detroit.
The Motor City Open will be broadcast live on their YouTube page.
2022 Motor City Open presented by Sturbridge Capital: semi-final results
 Diego Elias (PER) bt  Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10 (75m)
 Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (48m)
2022 Motor City Open presented by Sturbridge Capital: Draw
 Diego Elias (PER) v  Fares Dessouky (EGY)