Day Nine – Semi-finals

Gaultier and Mosaad through to the final

SP_12757Gregory Gaultier and Omar Mosaad will contest the World  final after straight-game victories over familiar foes James Willstrop and Tarek Momen in the semi-finals at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

Both will be looking to become World Champion for the first time, Frenchman Gaultier in his fifth final, Egypt’s Mosaad in his first, in what will be a repeat of their U.S. Open final last month in Philadelphia.


[3]  Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 James Willstrop (Eng) 11-1, 11-8, 11-8 (50m)

[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy) 3-0 [8] Tarek Momen (Egy)  11-4, 11-4, 11-8 (50m)

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Semis Preview

SP_12721First up is four-time finalist and third seed Gregory Gaultier against James Willstrop, the unseeded Englishman aiming to reach the final for a second time.

They’ve been playing each other since junior days, with Gaultier holding the edge then as he won all six junior meetings from ’98 to ”01. In senior matches the H2H tally stands at 12-each, with wins coming in streaks – of the last 10, Willstrop won six in a row in 2011 and 2012, but Gaultier has won the last four, although their only meeting in the last two years is last month’s San Francisco quarter-final.

SP_12696The second match is an all-Egyptian affair – but in the absence of the Egyptian top seed and defending champion, it’s seventh and eighth seeds Omar Mosaad and Tarek Momen, both in the semi-finals for the first time, who will aim to reach the final.

Their rivalry started in junior years too, Momen winning their British Junior Open U13 and U15 finals, but in senior matches (that we know about) Mosaad leads 4-2, including an 81-minute three-nil win in last month’s U.S. Open.

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