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CIB Black Ball Open RD2: Momen into Quarters

World Champion Tarek Momen secured a place in the quarter finals of the CIB Black Ball Open with an 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 victory over compatriot Mazen Hesham at the PSA World Tour Gold event.

The World No.3 was forced to come from a game down as an odd start to the match with Momen questioning his tactics as Hesham looked as though he was struggling with his movement early on, but the talented shot-maker soon came to life to close out the first.

From that moment on though, Momen was able to cement his game plan though as he comfortably drew back level before using his speed and discipline to close out the four-game victory in 41 minutes.

Momen will come up against Wales’ Joel Makin in the quarter finals tomorrow.

“It’s always a relief to win a tough match,” said Momen following his win.

“Against Mazen it is always unpredictable. There were so many things happening – at the beginning he wasn’t moving well, so I had to think about testing his movement or just assume nothing’s wrong and it probably cost me the first game.

“I don’t think I made as many errors as yesterday, not sure if I’m so pleased with my performance today, I just hung in there. He makes things so random on court and he’s just so hard to keep up with what he’s doing. I just had to keep disciplined, of course I was attacking the front corners more than most players but to me that was a bit more disciplined when I needed it the most to get a few points and build up a lead, I had to be patient. I’m happy with that but I need to keep progressing and improving every day.

“Joel is more physical and he doesn’t go for as many shots as Mazen. He gets to a lot of balls and he likes to keep the rallies long, it’s going to be a completely different match tomorrow. We’ve played each other far too many times now, I think almost every tournament we draw each other, so I know what to expect and I hope I can play my best tomorrow.”

Result:
[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [12] Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (41m)

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