Egypt’s Tarek Momen produce a near faultless performance to overcome New Zealand’s Paul Coll in straight games PSA Men’s World Champion at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar – a result that see Momen and wife Raneem El Welily become the first married couple in squash history to become World Champions.

Momen, appearing in back-to-back World Championship finals after falling to World No.1 Ali Farag in Chicago eight months ago, had finished as runner-up in all three of the major finals he had appeared, however a masterclass of attacking squash saw the 31 year-old Egyptian establish an unassailable two-game lead to put him on the verge of matching El Welily, who won the Women’s World Championship title in 2017.

Coll, the first male Kiwi since Ross Norman in 1986 to appear in a final, returned to court in the third game with strapping on his right quadricep as a brutal week which saw him spend almost an hour more on court than Momen throughout the tournament finally looked to take its toll.

Momen sensed his moment and quickly closed-out an impressive 11-8 11-3 11-4 victory to lift the biggest prize in men’s squash.

“If I tell you how many times I imagined making this speech my whole life, it’s countless, and now I just don’t know what to say, it’s so hard to digest,” said Momen after winning his seventh PSA World Tour title.

“I just worked so hard for this. For years, I’ve been trying and trying, I came up this close but then it didn’t happen for me. I haven’t won a Platinum event and the first major I ever win gets to be the World Championship, it’s unbelievable.

“It has been a childhood dream of mine to become the World Champion at some point. I am 31 now and I was wondering whether I would have the opportunity to do it, so to be able to do it at this age and to still feel that I can give it my all for a few more years is just unbelievable.

“I want to congratulate Paul on such an event and an amazing achievement. He’s done so well making it this far. He had the better of our last finals appearances, I’m just glad I managed to get this one.

“It was such a strong match; I know he pushed himself hard during the event. Towards the end, I could see he was struggling a bit, but he kept pushing. I only realised this morning we were the only married couple to become World Champions. We are privileged to have achieved something, and I’m so happy we did it.”

Coll said: “It was tough from the word go, Tarek was firing and made me do a lot of work at all stages of the game. It was taking its toll because of his accuracy.

“I’m very proud of my week, a bit disappointed by the final but all credit to Tarek who delivered on the big stage. I’m so grateful from all the support I got from back home, people waking up at early hours in the morning, it means a lot to me, and I want to thank them.”

Momen becomes the 18th man to get his hands on the iconic trophy and fourth consecutive Egyptian to win the title.

PSA Men’s World Championship, Doha, Qatar

Final:

[2] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [4] Paul Coll (NZL) 11-8 11-3 11-4

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