World No.3 Tarek Momen is through to the semi finals of the Oracle NetSuite Open after coming from behind to defeat Wales’ Joel Makin at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco.
The pair had only faced off once before on the PSA World Tour, with that meeting coming in the quarter finals of last year’s Qatar Classic, a match that the Egyptian won.
However, it was Makin that took his opportunities in the first game of their clash. He ran out into a 10-6 lead and although Momen saved one game ball, the Welshman was able to clinch the game to take the lead in the match.
‘The Viper’ came out fighting to start the second game though, as he won the first four points to take control. Makin battled back to level it at 5-5, but six straight points for the Egyptian sent the match into a deciding game.
Once again, it was Momen that took the early advantage in the third, running out into a 5-1 lead. However this time it would not be one he would relinquish, as he went on to take the victory, booking his place in the semi finals.
“At the end of the game, it seemed like I could not put the ball away. Wherever I put it, he just dived and got it. It made me a bit edgy,” Momen admitted.
“The one at 9-6, I thought I had won it. I don’t know how he got those two balls back and all of a sudden we are playing a let. It was a tough match because Joel has been a rising star on the tour. His physicality is unbelievable and he has been improving his game which makes him harder to beat.
“I am happy with the way I played after the first game. It is best-of-three and you cannot lose focus. I did not start as sharp as I wanted, but I am very happy to have been able to have got back into a rhythm, and it was a pretty exciting match for the crowd as well.
“It is always a pleasure to make it all the way. We [along with wife Raneem El Welily] are still looking for that double final appearance, but let’s just take it one day at a time!”
Result – Men’s Quarter Final: Oracle NetSuite Open
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bt  Joel Makin (WAL) 2-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 (46m)