The upsets continued in the quarter-finals of the Colombian Open at Club El Nogal in Bogota, with home favourite Miguel Angel Rodriguez producing the biggest of them all as he beat top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy. He’ll face South Africa’s fourth seed Steve Coppinger for a place in the final.
In the bottom half young Finn Henrik Mustonen followed up yesterday’s win over second seed Hisham Ashour with a five-game win over Ali Anwar Reda, and now meets a third Egyptian in a row as he faces third seed Tarek Momen in the semis.
Juan Carlos Santacruz reports
Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 11-7,11-3,11-4(27m)
The endurance and strong precision in the attack allowed the Egyptian Momen to reach the semi final. He won the first game with precise cross courts to the back hand. In the second game Momen kept his patience with excellent boasts and with less unforced errors. In the third game Knight tried to attack more but he was defeated by his anxiety. Momen is the first semi finalist.
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) bt Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (37m)
More patient in his attack, Coppinger won the first game. In the second game the British risked with no precision and lost 0-2. In the third game the South African was More aggressive and passed to the semi final.
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) bt Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 6-11,11-8,11-4,11-8 (73m)
The first game was apparently slow with straight lengths but immediately passed to killer shots or errors that were favorable to the Egyptian that had fewer mistakes. El Shorbagy accelerated in the second game, attacked more to be faster, yet he was neutralized by Rodriguez’s control and precision to tie the match. In the third both players were faster in attack but the Egyptian was more imprecise.
The fourth game El Shorbagy was more insecure, couldn’t concentrate to tie the match and found himself against a completely focused Colombian who had all the support of the crowd. Rodriguez who is known for making history, won for the first time against a top ten player in his club and city.
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Ali Anwar Reda (EGY) 11-9, 9-11,8-11,11-3,11-9 (62m)
Mustonen won the first game with patience, waiting for the moment to hit and surprise but in the second the Egyptian was more secure and took the lead to tie the match. In the third game, Reda was more consistent and took the lead, yet in the fourth he committed unforced errors and lost.
In the fifth game, the Finnish strengthened and was 10-5 after several mistakes and the Egyptian reached 9-10, however Mustonen focused and defined the match 11-9.