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Elshorbagy beats Momen, crowned Grasshopper Cup champion

Monday، 01 April 2019 - 01:35 PM
Elshorbagy beats Momen, crowned Grasshopper Cup champion


Egypt's World No.2 Mohamed El Shorbagy is the 2019 Grasshopper Cup champion after getting the better of fellow Egyptian Tarek Momen in the final of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament earlier Sunday at Zurich's Halle 622.

ElShorbagy was a losing finalist here 12 months ago to compatriot Ramy Ashour, but the 28-year-old played at a ferocious pace to overpower Momen en route to claiming an 11-8, 13-11, 11-8 victory in 50 minutes.

Both players had overcome Egyptian opposition in the semi-finals, with ElShorbagy seeing off World No.4 Karim Abdel Gawad, while World No.3 Momen dispatched World No.8 Abouelghar in straight games.

Momen – the 2014 Grasshopper Cup runner-up – was appearing in a third successive PSA Tour final for the first time in his career and had already beaten ElShorbagy twice this month, first in the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships and also two weeks ago at the same stage of the Canary Wharf Classic.

ElShorbagy built on a strong start to take the opener and came back from game ball down to take a crucial second game after a no let decision in Momen's favour was overturned to a yes let by a video referee decision.

Momen kept on fighting in the third, but there was no stopping ElShorbagy as he closed out the win to lift his 36th PSA Tour title and his first of 2019.



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