Egypt qualify for sixth consecutive final at WSF Men’s World Team Championship

Defending champions Egypt will have the opportunity to win a third consecutive WSF Men’s World Team Championship title after quickly dispatching No.4 seeds Switzerland in Mercury Baypark Arena, New Zealand. 

The top seeds, who have been at their imperious best all week, dominated from the beginning against a Swiss side who were playing in their first ever semi-final after an excellent campaign in Tauranga.

Ali Farag, a crucial part of the title-winning sides of 2019 and 2017, put in a vintage performance to give his side the lead, with the 31-year-old taking down Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 in 28 minutes.

In the second match, Mazen Hesham – promoted up to second string – was tested by fierce resistance from Dimitri Steinmann, but was able to clinch a tight contest  11-8, 11-7, 11-8to send his team through with no need for a third match.

After the tie, Egypt Hesham Al Attar said: “It feels amazing – on paper we were pretty confident but anything can happen, and they’ve got very tough players and you can always be nervous in a semi-final.

“The players always hope that things go but you can have doubts, things can not go as smoothly as you planned. So we’re very happy; they put up a fight and it wasn’t so smooth. It wasn’t easy.

“You can see England, for example, expected a tougher match but on the contrary they had it much easier than expected so things can happen.

“We’re just happy to have gone through and hope to do well. It should be a good matchup tomorrow.”

Result: WSF Men’s World Team Championship Semi-Final
[1] EGYPT 2-0 SWITZERLAND [4]
Ali Farag 3-0 Nicolas Mueller 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
Mazen Hesham 3-0 Dimitri Steinmann 11-8, 11-7, 11-8 (43m)

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