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16/09/2012
MALAYSIAN OPEN (Men) 2012
 

Momen Is Malaysian Open Champion

Malaysian Open 2012
Men's Draw
10-15 Sep, Kuala Lumpur, $50k
Round Two
12 Sep
Quarters
13 Sep
Semis
14 Sep
Final
15 Sep
[1] Karim Darwish (Egy)
 11/3, 11/4, 11/6 (32m
[Q] Siddarth Suchde (Ind)
Karim Darwish
11-3, 12-10 ret. (20m)
Borja Golan
Borja Golan
13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (53m)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen
12-10, 6-11, 12-10,
 8-11, 14-12 (109m)

Mohamed El Shorbagy
Borja Golan (Esp)
11/9, 4/11, 11/6, 11/7 (73m)
Cameron Pilley (Aus)
Tarek Momen (Egy)
11/4, 11/8, 4/11, 13/11 (43m)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
Tarek Momen
11-8, 11-4, 11-13, 11-4 (40m)
 Nafiizwan Adnan
Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
9/11, 5/11, 11/9, 11/4, 13/11 (96m)
[4] Adrian Grant (Eng)
[3] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
6/11, 11/4, 11/6, 11/8 (35m)
[Q] Abdullah Al Mezayen (Kuw)
Abdullah Al Mezayen
10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-0 (40m)
Nicolas Mueller
Nicolas Mueller
11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 (64m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11/2, 11/5, 11/2 (25m
Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
Olli Tuominen (Fin)
8/11, 11/6, 12/10, 10/12, 11/5 (74m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
Olli Tuominen
11-8, 11-9, 1-11, 5-11, 11-8 (55m)
Mohamed El Shorbagy
[Q] Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
11/6, 6/1 rtd (17m)
[2] Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egy)

Momen Is Malaysian Open Champion

Saving two match-balls in the dying stages of the game, unseeded Tarek Momen overcame second seed Mohamed El Shorbagy in today's first ever all-Egyptian final of the CIMB Malaysian Open to win the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor in dramatic style - and claim the biggest title of his career.

The 24-year-old from Cairo had only beaten world No8 El Shorbagy once before in his career - in the semi-finals of the 2010 Malaysian Open!

And Shorbagy led his close friend in the opening game before underdog Momen, ranked 11 places lower, won it on a tie-break.

But Shorbagy drew level after the second - and led 10-6 in the third before Momen found a run of six points to again take the game on a tie-break.

The positions were reversed in the fourth where Momen led - only for Shorbagy to reclaim the advantage and again draw level to force a decider.

"In the fifth, it was close all the way and both players were getting more and more frustrated as the decisions of the referees don't seem to be consistent," said event spokesman Andrew Cross.

"Tarek reached game ball first but couldn't convert. Shorbagy had a chance to win and probably should have had a stroke but not given as Tarek never looked back and went on to win the fifth for his second title in two weeks."

Momen said after his 12-10, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 14-12 victory in 109 minutes that he was happy to have won especially after playing and crashing out of the event six times before this.

He praised El Shorbagy in his post-match interview: "I hope we can make it to the top five together," said Momen, clutching the biggest trophy of his career.

Event MC Sharon Wee asked him about Squash and the Olympic Games: "I was watching the Olympics, I was watching every day and I thought, what a shame - our sport deserves to be there."

A frustrated El Shorbagy summed up his feelings later on Twitter: "10/7 up in the 1st, 10/6 up in the 3rd, 9/7 up in the 5th and had 2 match points!!!"

Momen Sets Up First All-Egyptian Malaysian Open Final

Unseeded Egyptian Tarek Momen overcame a first game deficit in today's semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor before beating higher-ranked Spaniard Borja Golan to set up the first ever all-Egyptian final of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event.

Momen will face fellow countryman Mohamed El Shorbagy, the No2 seed who earlier beat Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller.

Golan, the 29-year-old world No17 from Santiago de Compostela, had several game-balls in the opening game of the second semi-final before finally clinching it after a lengthy tie-break.

But Momen, five years younger and two ranking places lower, reclaimed the advantage early in the second game and held his nerve thereafter to close out the match 13-15, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 after 53 minutes.

The Cairo-based Egyptian was celebrating his second appearance in the event final since 2010 - and his first win over former world No10 Golan since August 2008.

"What really helped me today - and made a big difference - was that I was really calm. And this helped me keep my focus," said Momen, now in the eighth PSA Tour final of his career.

"I kept my error count to a minimum and that really helped.

"It's good for Egypt that we have two players in the final. And I wish Mohamed the best of luck!"

The earlier semi was the first PSA Word Tour battle between two players who contested the world junior semi-finals in Switzerland in 2008.

El Shorbagy, the world No8 making his first appearance in the Malaysian Open, twice had to come from behind against Mueller, the 23-year-old from Zurich who became the first Swiss player to make the world top 20 this month.

The Egyptian regrouped in the decider and finally clinched his 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 64 minutes.

"I am just really glad I got through .. it wasn't easy at all," said the 21-year-old from Alexandria who is marking his ninth Tour final. "I'm putting too much pressure on myself these days to win and which I shouldn't!

"I can't believe that was our first meeting on PSA. We played only once before, which was at the semi final of the World Juniors which I won in five also.

"I was 10-7 up in the first and 8-6 up in the third - and lost both! It's just frustrating how I lose my concentration. If I had got any of these two games, I don't think we would have gone to a fifth game - but the way he came back was just very strong!

"It was a great match. I think we both played well and I think we both realise after this match that we will create great rivalry together - hopefully like the Nick (Matthew) and Ramy (Ashour) one in the future!"

Golan Downs Darwish In Malaysian Open Upset

Unseeded Spaniard Borja Golan celebrated an unexpected place in Friday's semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open after ousting top-seeded Egyptian Karim Darwish in today's quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the Curve Shopping Mall in Selangor.

Golan, the world No17 from Santiago de Compostela, raced to a first game lead before then surviving a close second after a tie-break. But the demands took their toll on Darwish, the world No4 making his first Tour appearance since April, and the birth of his first-born son Omar in May.

With the score standing at 11-3, 12-10, the favourite conceded the match before the third game as the result of an apparent leg injury - handing a semi-final berth to the Spaniard in his maiden appearance in the established championship.

Golan will now meet a further Egyptian Tarek Momen, the world No19 from Cairo and 2010 runner-up who put an end to home interest in the event when he beat Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan 11-8, 11-4, 11-13, 11-4 in 40 minutes.

There will be Egyptian interest in the other semi where No2 seed Mohamed El Shorbagy takes on the Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller.

El Shorbagy, the 21-year-old world No8 from Alexandria, faced experienced Finn Olli Tuominen, the 33-year-old former world No13 from Helsinki. The young Egyptian opened up a two-game lead and looked on course for a straight-game route to the semis.

"In the third, Olli moved up the court taking as much as he could at the top of the bounce and volleying in front of the half court line - and shot off to a 7-1 lead," said event spokesman Andrew Cross. "He continued to hit winner after winner and now Shorbagy is resigned to losing this game and Olli wraps it up 11-1."

After Tuominen took the fourth to draw level, El Shorbagy reclaimed the momentum and sped to an 8-2 lead in the decider. The Finn fought back to get within a single point of his higher-ranked opponent, but El Shorbagy held his nerve to close out the match 11-8, 11-9, 1-11, 5-11, 11-8 in 55 minutes.

"Glad I got through," tweeted El Shorbagy later. "Wasn't easy at all but happy I was strong in the 5th game...1st time playing on a glass court in 4 months so wasn't easy."

It was the end of the road for brave qualifier Abdullah Al Muzayen in the other quarter-final where Mueller recovered from a game down to beat the Kuwaiti left-hander - who upset No3 seed Omar Mosaad in the earlier round - 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-0 in 40 minutes.

'Smooth Dude' Al Muzayen Makes Malaysian Quarters

Kuwaiti qualifier Abdullah Al Muzayen stole the headlines on the opening day of the CIMB Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur when he defeated third-seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad to claim an unexpected place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at the city's National Squash Centre.

Winner of the KL Open in March this year, world No10 Mosaad was looking for back-to-back titles in Malaysia. The 24-year-old from Cairo started well against the gifted Al Muzayen and was looking to dominate from the outset.

"But the Kuwaiti had different ideas and started firing in shots from everywhere," said event spokesman Andrew Cross. "He came back to win the second, holding the ball and flicking the ball - and all of a sudden he was two games to one up."

In the fourth, Al Muzayen was on fire, going quickly from love-all to five-love. Mosaad was not going to give up though and came back to five-all. The 24-year-old world No51 - the lowest-ranked player in the draw - recovered the advantage and soon closed out the match 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 in 39 minutes.

The win immediately prompted a rave review by Australian number one Cameron Pilley on Twitter: "Kuwaiti dude Abdullah is one of the most naturally gifted players I've ever seen!! Easily one of the smoothest movers on tour!!"

Naturally Al Muzayen was delighted with his breakthrough win: "Sooo happy 2 beat world no.10 omar mosaad 3/1 looking forward to play well tomorrow against mueller switzerland player world no.20," tweeted the left-hander from Kuwait City.

Pilley himself was unable to reproduce the Kuwaiti dude's winning ways later when the world No16 from New South Wales went down 11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 11-7 in 73 minutes to Spain's Borja Golan, ranked just a single place lower.

Golan progresses to face top seed Karim Darwish, the world No4 from Egypt competing in his first Tour event since the birth of his first-born son Omar in May.

Darwish defeated Indian qualifier Siddharth Suchde 11-3, 11-4, 11-6.

Another seed fell later in the day when local star Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan fought back from two games down against England's world No15 Adrian Grant to beat the fourth seed and 2006 champion 9-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11 in a 96-minute marathon.

The London-based Malaysian now faces Egypt's Tarek Momen, the 2010 runner-up who beat Hong Kong qualifier Max Lee 11-4, 11-8, 4-11, 13-11.

But there was big disappointment for veteran Malaysian Ong Beng Hee when the former world No7 suffered his earliest exit in the event since 2004. Champion in 2000, 2005 and 2008, Beng Hee bowed out to Nicolas Mueller, losing 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 to the rising Swiss star.