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Tarek Takes Colombian Crown

Colombian Open 2012
27 Aug - 01 Sep, Bogota, $35k
Round One
29 Aug
30 Aug
31 Aug
01 Sep
[1] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (26m)
[Q] Arturo Salazar (Mex)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (73m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-0 (66m)
Steve Coppinger
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
3-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 (58m)
Tarek Momen
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (42m)
[Q] Eric Galvez (Mex)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5 (42m)
[Q] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
Jaymie Haycocks
11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)
Steve Coppinger
[Q] Alfredo Avila (Mex)
11-4, 11-1, 3-11, 11-5 (47m)
[4] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
[3] Tarek Momen (Egy)
11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (39m)
Cesar Salazar (Mex)
Tarek Momen
11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (27m)
Martin Knight
Tarek Momen
11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (20m)
Henrik Mustonen
Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (21m)
Andres de Frutos (Col)
Andrew Wagih (Egy)
9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10 (72m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
Ali Anwar Reda
11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9 (62m)
Henrik Mustonen
Henrik Mustonen (Fin)
11-4, 11-6, 15-13 (28m)
[2] Hisham Ashour (Egy)

Tarek Takes Colombian Crown

The brave run of home hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez came to an end in the final of the Club El Nogal Bogota Colombian Open when Egypt's Tarek Momen claimed the PSA World Tour International 35 squash title after almost an hour-long battle at Club El Nogal in the Colombian capital Bogota.

Unseeded Rodriguez, the Colombian number one, reached his fourth national open final - and the 27th Tour final of his career - after a sensational run which included upsets over the top seed and defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy and fourth-seeded South African Stephen Coppinger.

But third seed Momen was hungry for success in his maiden appearance in the long-established Tour event in South America.

Playing on his home club courts, 26-year-old Rodriguez took the opening game. But the 24-year-old from Cairo struck back.

"In the second game, Rodriguez's endurance began to wear out given the previous matches and he became imprecise, while Momen tightened his drop shots and tied the match to one-all," said tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz. "The continuous unforced errors of Rodriguez and his anxiety in the rallies gave the Egyptian the advantage, becoming more confident in his attack."

Rodriguez led early in the fourth game, but at nine-all in the fourth took a brief injury break after an accidental clash with his opponent's racket.

The drama continued until 10-all, before a drop shot gave the Egyptian the match 3-11, 11-4, 11-3, 12-10 after 58 minutes.

"Today was a really tough match as I expected tough competition from Miguel, but I wouldn't have thought he would put on such a great performance after two hard matches he had during past couple of days," said Momen after winning his second - and biggest - title on the PSA World Tour.

"He is a true champion and I am so happy to have pushed myself so hard to win that fourth game.

"I have had the most amazing week here in Colombia," added the world No19. "I would like thank the organizing committee, the sponsors and all the amazing Nogal Club members, for their great hospitality and support during this entire week, and making this event a great success.

"I also want to thank the people who have supported me all the way back home, my parents, coaches, teammates and friends…. I am not mentioning names, so no one gets upset, hahaha!!"

Rodriguez was also more than happy with his performance: "It does not matter about the result today, but from the last three I think I prepared myself pretty well to start the season with good results."

Of his victory over El Shorbagy, the world No25 added: "Mohamed is a fast guy on court, and has great abilities with his wrist which makes it more difficult to read and finally reach a ball. I wanted to win it at home and I think the key of this match was mental strength and determination in every shot.

"I did it, and finally after seven years of joining the PSA, I have beaten a top 10 guy - one of the goals for a player around my ranking!

"With Stephen, I knew that I was going to be as hard as Shorbagy as we have been training in Orlando together already for a few weeks. He is a steady, strong guy that does not give you easy points. For me it was important to win it to reach again a second consecutive final - the third game was a thriller!

"I want to say thank you to my Dad, Angel Rodriguez, who has been working since I started playing; Sardar Ali Khan who has taught me a lot of things which have helped me achieve a lot of great results since 2008; and now David Palmer, who has changed a few things in my game, which seem to be working!"

Miguel Marches On In Bogota

Local hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez maintained his mighty run in the Club El Nogal Bogota Colombian Open by beating higher-ranked South African Stephen Coppinger to reach the final of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event at Club El Nogal in Bogota.

The sensational win takes Rodriguez into the final of the established Tour event in Colombia for the fourth time since 2006.

Unseeded, the Bogota-based Colombian number one made his breakthrough in the previous round where he ousted top seed and defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy, the world No8.

The world No27, winner of the trophy in 2008 and 2010, now faced South African champion Coppinger, the No4 seed ranked a single slot higher.

"The first game was long and intense," said tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz. "Rodríguez waited for the right moment to attack and won the first game. Two exceptional drop shots in the second game motivated Coppinger to win the second game after 40 minutes."

Spurred on by the partisan crowd at his home club, Rodriguez reclaimed the advantage to win the third game after a tie-break.

"In the final game the Colombian attacked with precision and won," added Santacruz.

The 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-0 victory in 66 minutes was the 26-year-old's second successive match lasting more than an hour.

Rodriguez will now face third seed Tarek Momen, the world No21 from Egypt making his maiden appearance in the Bogota event.

Momen ended the giant-killing run of Henrik Mustonen, beating the Finn who upset second seed Hisham Mohd Ashour in the first round.

The 24-year-old from Cairo needed just 20 minutes to quash Mustonen 11-7, 11-5, 11-2.

Rodriguez Outshines Shorbagy In Bogota

In a stunning victory which thrilled the partisan Colombian crowd, unseeded hometown hero Miguel Angel Rodriguez upset top seed and defending champion Mohamed El Shorbagy to claim a shock place in the semi-finals of the Club El Nogal Bogota Colombian Open, the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event at Club El Nogal in the country's capital Bogota.

It was a champion battle between Egyptian El Shorbagy, the world No8 who won the title for the first time last year, and Colombian number one Rodriguez, winner of the trophy in 2008 and 2010 - and playing at his home club.

"It was a match with no truce, great emotion, and happiness of a respectful and knowledgeable crowd," explained tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz.

Rodriguez recovered from a game down to take a surprise 2/1 lead.

"The fourth game El Shorbagy was more insecure, couldn't concentrate to tie the match and found himself against a completely focused Colombian who had all the support of the crowd," added Santacruz. "Rodriguez who is known for making history, won for the first time against a top ten player in his club and city."

The 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 victory after 73 minutes takes the 26-year-old world No27 through to a last four clash with fourth seed Stephen Coppinger. The South African, ranked a single place higher than Rodriguez, beat English qualifier Jaymie Haycocks 11-6, 11-4, 11-4.

There was a significant upset in the other half of the draw too where giant-killer Henrik Mustonen ousted higher-ranked Egyptian Mohd Ali Anwar Reda.

The fair-haired Finn reached the quarter-finals after a shock first round dismissal of No2 seed Hisham Mohd Ashour - and continued his rout of Egyptians by recovering from 2/1 down to see off Reda 11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9 in 62 minutes.

The 21-year-old world No49 will now face his third Egyptian in Bogota when he takes on Tarek Momen for a place in the final. The third seed from Cairo defeated New Zealander Martin Knight 11-7, 11-3, 11-4.


Mustonen Marches Through In Bogota

Finland's unseeded Henrik Mustonen recorded the best win of his career in the opening round of the Club El Nogal Bogota Colombian Open when he beat Egypt's second seed Hisham Mohd Ashour in straight games to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event at Club El Nogal in the Colombia capital Bogota.

Fresh from his semi-final appearance in last week's Medellin Open in Colombia, the young Finn dazzled experienced Ashour, the 30-year-old world No15 from Cairo, winning 11-4, 11-6, 15-13 in just 28 minutes.

"The 21 years old Mustonen was more conditioned to the altitude after playing in Medellin (at 1,600 metres)," explained tournament spokesman Juan Carlos Santacruz. "The Finn imposed the rhythm, played to the back and was precise in his attack to the front court, wearing out Ashour who suffered from the altitude. But in the final tie-break game, his physical strength wasn't enough."

The world No49 from Hollola now faces another higher-ranked Egyptian for a place in the last four. Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, the world No35, survived a 72-minute marathon against fellow countryman Andrew Wagih Shoukry, ultimately beating the Medellin runner-up 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10.

Medellin champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez again leads home interest in his hometown event - and did so with distinction by overcoming former Mexican number one Eric Galvez 12-10, 11-6, 11-8.

"The tie break of the first game was vital in deciding the outcome of the match," said Santacruz.

Colombian number one Rodriguez, the event champion in 2008 and 2010, now takes on title-holder Mohamed El Shorbagy, the top seed from Egypt.

The world No8 "showed in three games that he is back in Bogota to repeat his title," said Santacruz. El Shorbagy brushed aside Mexican qualifier Arturo Salazar 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 in 26 minutes.

The jubilant 21-year-old tweeted shortly afterwards: "Won in 3...Felt good on court..It was my 1st match since May..Was so excited to play that I didn't even want to rest in between games :))"