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CCI International 2019
08-12 Jan, Mumba, India, $77k

12-Jan, Final:

[1] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-2
[4] Fares Dessouky (Egy)
       11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 10/12, 11/7 (80m)

Momen wins all-Egyptian final in Mumbai

Top seed Tarek Momen prevailed in a five game all-Egyptian final against Fares Dessouky in Mumbai to become the 2019 CCI International Champion.

Sachika Balvani reports

There is only one winner. In any sport, but especially in our individual sport,
where only two people get into a glass box, closed off from the world, and battle it out against each other. Almost always, there is also one favourite.

But today? Perhaps not. In its own way, the weighing scale was perfectly balanced: Tarek Momen on one side, and Fares Dessouky on the other.

Fourteen months. That’s how long it has been since Fares Dessouky has been
out of action on the PSA World Tour. He had nothing to lose. At 24 years old, he stood calm and composed, happy to have earned his place in the final here at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. Comebacks are difficult, but Dessouky had made it look easy so far in this tournament. He looked like he hadn’t been on bed rest, like he hadn’t had to work his way back onto court, one tiny and frustrating step at a time.

Momen, on the other hand, had showed that his superior experience was his best friend this past week. He had dealt with underdog after underdog, one tenacious and determined player after the other. Youssef Ibrahim, Iker Pajares, Ramit Tandon… as rising players, they had thrown their absolute best at him. But Momen had absorbed the pressure, won the big points, and come through each match.

So as the sun set and the court lit up, the crowd was restless. Going by the cheers, the audience was well balanced too, as some were for Momen and some were for Dessouky. So who would the winner be? The underdog and former World Number 8, or the current World Number 4?

The first game began with Momen looking just a little more comfortable than Dessouky. He took the first game, 11-7, and came out of the court looking more determined than ever. In contrast, Dessouky looked cooler than ever. It seemed to have worked, because he came onto the second game and racked up a lead. Momen caught up as the game hit the halfway mark, but in vain. Dessouky returned the favour with a 7-11 win for himself.

The third game: arguably the most crucial of them all. The crowd knew it and the players knew it. They fought each other and it was only in the tiebreak that Momen managed to get back his lead in the match as he bagged the third game, 12-10.

But Dessouky wasn’t going anywhere. He attacked at the right moments and in the right places. He used his composure and fed off the crowd’s enthusiasm. The game went to another tie-break, and this time it was Dessouky who won the two winning points to level the match at two games all.

And in the fifth, Momen showed what makes him the player he is. It was the slightest of differences that set him, The Viper, apart from Dessouky. He had found his edge and didn’t give into any frustration, which he channeled into his game instead. They leveled at 7-7, but Momen was unrelenting. His power on the ball, his stamina, his unmatched ability to recover to the T with lightning speed… he kept it all going till the end. He took the game and the match, winning his 6 th PSA World Tour Title here in Mumbai.

Photos by Nitesh Square

Match Replays

CCI International 2019
08-12 Jan, Mumba, India, $77k
Round One
08 Jan 
Round Two
09 Jan
10 Jan
11 Jan
12 Jan
Peter Creed (Wal) *
11/8, 11/13, 11/8, 11/6 (47m)
Youssef Ibrahim (Egy)
[1] Tarek Momen (Egy)
12/14, 11/8, 11/9, 11/8 (58m)
Youssef Ibrahim
[1] Tarek Momen

 11/8, 11/9, 8/11, 11/7 (65m)

Iker Pajares
[1] Tarek Momen

11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (39m)

Ramit Tandon

[1] Tarek Momen


11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 10/12, 11/7 (80m)


[4] Fares Dessouky

Edmon Lopez (Esp) *
11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (43m)
Iker Pajares (Esp)
[7] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
11/6, 7/11, 11/9, 11/7 (66m)
Iker Pajares
Joshua Masters (Eng) *
11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (36m)
Ramit Tandon (Ind)
[8] Tom Richards (Eng)
11/7, 11/1, 11/2 (27m)
Ramit Tandon
Ramit Tandon

w/o injury

[3] Saurav Ghosal
Mohamed Reda (Egy) *
8/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (55m)
Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
[3] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/1, 7/11, 11/3, 11/6 (43m)
Mohamed Reda
Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
Ben Coleman (Eng) *
Ben Coleman
11/7, 11/5, 11/6 (34m)
[4] Fares Dessouky (Egy)
[4] Fares Dessouky

11/3, 11/1, 11/5 (26m)

Karim El Hammamy
[4] Fares Dessouky

11/8, 11/9, 8/11, 11/4 (49m)

[5] James Willstrop

[wc] Aditya Jagtap (Ind)
8/11, 10/12, 11/7, 13/11, 11/7 (84m)
Karim El Hammamy (Egy) *
Karim El Hammamy
11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5 (87m)
[6] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
Mazen Gamal (Egy)
9/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/7 (45m)
Vikram Malhotra (Egy) *
Vikram Malhotra
11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (27m)
[5] James Willstrop (Eng)
[5] James Willstrop

11/3, 18/16, 8/11, 11/9 (67m)

Mahesh Mangaonkar
Baptiste Masotti (Fra)
9/11, 6/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/8 (55m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) *
Mahesh Mangaonkar
11/9, 14/12, 12/10 (43m)
[2] Marwan ElShorbagy (Egy)
* = 9/16 seed    += followon

12-Jan, Final:

[1] Tarek Momen (Egy) 3-2
[4] Fares Dessouky (Egy)
       11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 10/12, 11/7 (80m)

11-Jan, Semis
All Egyptian final in Mumbai

The 2019 CCI Champion will be an Egyptian, after wins from top seed Tarek Momen and 2016 champion Fares Dessouky.

Momen ended Indian interest with a straight games win over Ramit Tandon while Dessouky continued his impressive return to action with a four game win over James Willstrop.

Photos by Nitesh Square

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10-Jan, Quarters
Semis decides as Ghosal goes out with injury

India's Saurav Ghosal, the #3 seed and defending champion, was forced to withdraw due to a calf injury today, which meant that compatriot Ramit Tandon went straight through to the semis.

There he'll face top seed Tarek Momen, who came through a tough four-game encounter with unseeded Spaniard Ikjer Pajares.

There will be Egyptian interest in both semis after Fares Dessouky, the fourth seed, eased past Karim El Hammamy in under half an hour - Hammamy survived 80+ minute matched in the previous two rounds - setting up a semi-final against James Willstrop, who ended home interest in the bottom half of the draw with a four game win over yesterday's upset hero Mahesh Mangaonkar.

Photos by Nitesh Square

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10-Jan, Quarters
Ghosal out with injury

India's Saurav Ghosal, the #3 seed and defending champion, has been forced to withdraw due to a calf injury. Ramit Tandon goes through to the semis.

09-Jan, Round Two:

Seeds suffer in Mumbai as Indian trio advance

Round two of the CCI International in Mumbai saw a number of seeding upsets, with Marwan ElShorbagy the biggest victim as the second seed lost out in three close games to India's recently crowned national champion  Mahesh Mangaonkar.

Further Indian success saw third seeded Saurav Ghosal through to the quarters as he beat Mohamed Reda in four games and Ramit Tandon produced a second successive seeding upset in beating Tom Richards in straight games. They meet in the quarters.

James Willstrop denied an Indian clean sweep as the fifth seeded Englishman beat Vikram Malhotra in three, and he faces Mangaonkar for a place in the semis.

There were upset wins for Spain's Iker Pajares and Egyptian Karim El Hammamy, beating compatriot Omar Mosaad in five long games.
Hammamy faces more Egyptian opposition after fourth seed Fares Dessouky marked jhis return after an extended injury layoff with victory over Ben Coleman, while Pajares meets top seed Tarek Momen, who came from a game down to end the run of fellow Egyptian Youssef Ibrahim.

Photos by Nitesh Square

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08-Jan, Round One:
Indian Trio advance in Mumbai

It was a good day for the hosts in Mumbai as Indian trio Ramit Tandon, Vikram Malhotra and Mahesh Mangaonkar advanced to round two.

Tandon upset the seedings to oust England's Josh Masters in three while Mangaonkar came from two games down to get past Frenchman Baptiste Masotti and Malhotra recovered from a game down against Egypt's Mazen Gamal.

Elsewhere in-form Egyptian Youssef Ibrahim beat 9/16 seed Peter Creed in four and Spain's Iker Pajares beat seeded compatriot Edmon Lopez in straight games.

Four Indians will feature in round two as third seed Saurav Ghosal joins the fray against Egypt's Mohamed Reda.

Photos by Nitesh Square

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CCI back in Mumbai

The Indian Squash Circuit is back starting tomorrow as it presents the CCI International JSW Indian Squash Circuit 2019 at the prestigious Cricket Club of India (East Lawns), Mumbai, from 8th - 12th Jan for a US $70,000 purse.

Some of the top ranking players will be seen in action in the floodlit arena of the all-glass court – world #4 and #5 Tarek Momen and Marwan Elshorbagy will lead the Egyptian challenge while James Willstrop, Nicholas Mueller and Tom Richards will be the other international players to watch out for.

The Indian challenge will be led by Saurav Ghosal. Vikram Malhotra, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Ramit Tandon, Harinder Pal Sandhu and Aditya Jagtap among others.


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