Coll & Momen Set Up Shock St George's Final
12 Dec 2016
With both players marking the biggest PSA World Tour final of their lives, New Zealand's Paul Coll and Egyptian Tarek Momen will contest the climax of the Channel VAS Championship at St George's Hill after securing impressive wins over English duo Daryl Selby and James Willstrop in the semi-finals of the PSA M100 event in Weybridge.
It was only last month that the pair met for the first time on the PSA World Tour - when a spectacular five-game Qatar Classic thriller, which lasted a mighty 101 minutes, saw Momen clinch victory 17-15 in a dramatic decider.
After successive shock wins over Hong Kong's 8th seed Max Lee and fourth-seeded Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, qualifier Coll earned his place in the St George's final after a stunning win over world No.16 Selby - the 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 victory earning the world No.33 a place in his maiden PSA M100 final.
"I'm so happy, it's been a wicked tournament for me and it's given me a real confidence boost," said Kiwi Coll.
"I just relaxed out there and let everything go and it paid off for me. I knew I played really well in the first two and I played quite fast, so I knew that there was going to be a drop off in pace. He really stepped up and made me pay for it, and I knew in the fourth that I really had to tell myself to step up on the 'T'.
"Physically, I was feeling fine, but it's been a long week for me, so I had to really make myself step up on the 'T' and push the pace. I didn't expect to get this far, I'm going to have to change my flights back to New Zealand for Christmas."
Momen, meanwhile, ended a two-match losing streak against former world No.1 Willstrop, with a magnificent performance seeing the Egyptian take it in straight games.
The 28-year-old world No.11 from Cairo chased and harried Willstrop throughout the 55-minute fixture at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club to claim an 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 triumph that sees him join Coll in his biggest ever final.
"I didn't think we would be facing each other that soon," said Momen about his final opponent.
"Paul is a unique player, he's so quick and elastic. You know you're not going to get away with putting the ball away against him, so the game plan has to be very, very disciplined and executed quite well. He's a great player and I hope we have a great match tomorrow.
"It would mean a lot [to win], it would be my biggest title. My biggest so far is a 50K, so to win tomorrow would be such a privilege. I don't like to focus too much on the title, I prefer to focus on the match in hand and hopefully, if I can get the win, I can enjoy it."