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Squash: Farag, Momen, El Tayeb and El Sherbini through to all-Egyptian finals at PSA World Championships

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Saturday 2 Mar 2019
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Egypt’s squash stars continued their success at the PSA World Championships semis to see all-Egyptian finals in both the men's and women's contests of the tournament in Chicago, which is offering the highest prize in squash history at a combined $1 million.

World number two Ali Farag and number four Tarek Momen will face each other at the men's final early on Sunday, while Nour El Tayeb (3) will take on her country-woman Nour El Sherbini (2) at the women's level.

Farag took 46 minutes to defeat world number three Simon Rosner of Germany 3-0 in the semi-final early on Saturday, while Momen was lucky to pass title holder and world number one Mohamed ElShorbagy after a hard 3-2 victory.

"It’s been an emotional day, becoming world number one, watching [his wife] Nour El Tayeb win, playing a semi-final," Farag said after the match.

“Winning the second was crucial, three-nil is always a good score against Simon, but Tarek played out of his skin today so tomorrow will be really tough," he added.

Sunday's final will be the first for both Farag and Momen at the prestigious tournament.

At the women's contest, El Tayeb defeated holder El Welily 3-2 in 64 minutes, while El Sherbini was too strong to reach her fifth final after a 3-2 victory over France's Camille Serme also at the semis.

"At 2-0 up I started thinking about the final, playing Nour," said El Sherbini.

I’m really glad that I managed to focus again, regroup, and come back in the fifth stronger.

I’m so grateful to my team for giving me belief and confidence.

“I am really, really glad and proud to be in a fifth final in the World Championships. It is the biggest tournament," she added.

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