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Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad will both compete in their first PSA M70 final

Sweden Roundup: Momen and Gawad to Contest All-Egyptian Final


Egyptian duo Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad will face off in the final of the 2016 UCS Swedish Open in Linköping after claiming victories over German No.1 Simon Rösner and England’s Daryl Selby, respectively.

Momen’s clash with Rösner saw the lead change hands multiple times throughout a frenetic 91-minute encounter with both players battling back from deficits on numerous occasions. With the match poised at 2-2, Momen managed to come out on top in an energy-sapping fifth game to record a 5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 victory to reach his first ever PSA M70 final.

“During the second game I felt that he wasn’t going for many balls. I thought that the third would be the same but he started to move better so I found myself 6-4 down. I had to refocus and try to play as if he wasn’t suffering from anything.

“Tarek is one of my best friends on the tour, we’ve been playing at the same club for seven years so tomorrow will be a good match. I don’t think it will make much difference that Tarek played a long match today. Yesterday it was the other way round so I think we will be physically equal tomorrow.”

Results: 2016 UCS Swedish Open – Semi-Final
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt [5] Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (42m)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [1] Simon Rösner (GER) 5-11, 14-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9 (91m)

Draw: 2016 UCS Swedish Open – Final
[2] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [3] Tarek Momen (EGY)

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