Harrity and Meguid to Contest Cactus Classic Final

Harrity and former PSA player Peter Fantich. (image: Elizabeth Foley)
Harrity and former PSA player Peter Fantich. (image: Elizabeth Foley)

U.S. Pro Series Live

Team USA’s Todd Harrity reached his first PSA Tour final since the President’s Gold Cup in November Saturday evening, defeating six seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the semifinals of the $16,000 Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic at the Foley Squash Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.

After coming back form two games down to win in five against Pan American Games teammate Chris Hanson in Friday’s quarterfinals, Harrity endured another five-game match against the world No. 61 from Qatar.

Unlike his quarterfinal against Hanson, Harrity began Saturday’s match with an advantage taking the first 11-5, before Tamimi responded to win a marathon second game 16-14. The match continued to seesaw with Harrity claiming the third 11-4, and Tamimi the fourth 11-9. Harrity earned his fifth career PSA Tour final appearance by winning the fifth 11-5 and match in sixty-five minutes.

Harrity’s final opponent will be Egyptian top seed Omar Abdel Meguid, who won the $15,000 Oregon Open last weekend. Meguid defeated India’s five seed Mahesh Mangaonkar in a four-game semifinal.

Meguid has won both of their previous encounters on the PSA Tour, most recently in October of 2014.

Sunday’s final is scoring live on U.S. Pro Series Live at 2pm local time, 4pm ET.