Tarek Momen & Mohamed Elshorbagy To Contest Canary Wharf Climax
9 Mar 2018
Egyptian duo Mohamed Elshorbagy and Tarek Momen will contest the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic final - ensuring the first Egyptian winner in the event's 15-year history - after beating compatriots Marwan Elshorbagy and Ali Farag, respectively, in the semi-finals of the PSA M100 event at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London.
World No.1 Mohamed had won 12 of his previous 16 meetings with younger brother Marwan and prevailed in their last three fixtures - including last week's Windy City Open final and the title decider of December's PSA Men's World Championship.
The latest chapter of their gripping rivalry looked to be going the way of Marwan as he played some sublime squash to twice take a one-game lead - but Mohamed came back in the fourth to level, before fighting back from 8-6 down in the decider to claim an 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 victory.
"We just played last week and he definitely played better this week," said Mohamed, who has now reached nine finals in his last 10 tournaments.
"Playing someone with the quality of my brother twice in the same week is definitely not easy. After I beat him last week he would have learned so much and he wanted to do things better this time.
"I could see from the first point in the first game that he wanted to win badly today, but I had to try and fight. There were times when he was unstoppable and I couldn't really cope with his pace, but I had to keep digging in and hope he made a few errors and I think my experience got me through in the end."
Momen will take on Mohamed for the second time in as many tournaments after the world No.6 also prevailed in a five-game battle against Farag.
The 30-year-old came out flying as he hit winners for fun and made it difficult for Farag to put any points on the board.
Farag was much improved in the second and third games as he overturned the deficit but, with the scores locked at six-all in the fourth, Momen rediscovered his best squash and punished a rapidly tiring Farag to complete an 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory and will aim to avenge defeats to Mohamed in the Qatar Classic final and Windy City Open semi-final in the final.
"I just tried to give it my best because I know Ali is an unbelievable opponent," said Momen.
"What he achieved in less than three years on Tour is remarkable. I've been playing for 12 years and look where he is at with only three years of experience, so I salute him for that.
"He's such a tough opponent to break, he's very tough physically and mentally, with some good racket skills as well. He has the full package and to beat him is just unbelievable."