With a $100,000 prize on the line, the PSA M100 Tournament Semi Final rounds on Sunday, December 11th were an exciting lead up to the final draw on the 12th. Let’s break it down.
Final Results at the end of this article.
Daryl Selby of England was on an impressive winning streak in his home country during the course of the tournament– during the opening rounds, he struck down number 1 world ranked Mohamed ElShorbagy 2-3 in a wild back and forth game to make it into the semi finals.
Selby ended up matched against Saurav Ghosal (IND) who had beaten Spain’s Borja Golan, ranked number 7 in the world in a 3-1 storm during the opening match.
The quarter final match saw Daryl Selby (ENG) win in a 3-0 shutout against Ghosal (IND) to advance to the semis.
Marwan ElShorbagy (3) beat out Chris Simpson of England 3-1 in the opening match to advance to the quarters. He played against Tarek Momen of Egypt who beat out Simpson’s fellow Englishman, Joe Lee in a 3-1 victory.
However, not all Englishmen fell during the opening matches. Former world champion James Wilstrop (6) of England shut out Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-0 as well as Stephen Coppinger (RSA) in the quarter finals to advance to the semi finals.
The last of the opening matches were Max Lee (8) vs Paul Coll of New Zealand and Gregiore Marche (FRA) vs Miguel Angel Rodriguez (4) of Columbia. Rodriguez shut out Marche 3-0 in the opening to eventually match up against Paul Coll of New Zealand, who beat Max Lee (HKG) in a back and forth series of games.
The semi finals on Dec. 11th saw the following match ups:
- Daryl Selby (ENG) vs Paul Coll (NZL)
- Tarek Momen (EGY) vs James Wilstrop (ENG)
With an Englishman making up two of the four players left in the tournament, England’s chances looked good during this competition at St. George’s Hill.
In the first semi final match, Daryl Selby (ENG) looked good out of the gate with a win of the first game against Paul Coll (NZL). However, Coll fought back and won 3-1, advancing to the final match on Dec. 12th.
In the second semi final match, James Wilstrop (ENG) did not have the same fire as his ellow Englishman. Tarek Momen (EGY) had his second shutout in a row, beating Wilstrop 3-0 as he had Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarter final round.
On fire and seemingly impossible to stop, Tarek Momen (EGY), ranked fifth in the world, advanced to the finals against Paul Coll of New Zealand.
The final match was a surprising ending to this competition but was highly anticipated.
- Paul Coll (NZL) vs Tarek Momen (EGY)
Unfortunately for the Egyptian, Tarek Momen, who had shut out both Joe Lee of England and Marwan ElShorbagy of Egypt in the quarter and semi final matches, could not continue his momentum against the inspired Paul Coll.
In the opening game, Coll took the game 11-7; in the second game, he had an exciting match resulting in a 13-11 victory; and the third game saw Coll turn the tables on Momen and have a shutout of his own with an 11-4 victory.
In a surprising flip, Paul Coll of New Zealand shut out Tarek Momen of Egypt in the final match, 3-0. Taking the crown, the tournament, and the $100,000 prize, Paul Coll won the M100 tournament winner.
Final Results of the PSA M100 Tournament, Dec. 12th, 2016:
- Paul Coll (NZL) * WINNER *
- Tarek Momen (EGY)
3-0 (11-7, 13-11, 11-4)