Ali Farag is into the Houston Open final after a hard-fought semi-final against Mostafa Asal ©PSA

Egypt's Ali Farag came from one game down to squeeze past compatriot Mostafa Asal and secure his place in the final of the Houston Open on the Professional Squash Association World Tour.

Farag, seeded first entering the competition, was the favourite to claim the title after Peru's Diego Elías, seeded second, was forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 regulations.

He is now into the final thanks to a 6-11, 11-2, 13-11, 4-11, 11-3 victory over Asal, seeded third.

"It’s never easy playing Mostafa," said Farag. 

"I think both of us are better squash players than what we produced today.

"Today was very [fragmented], with lots of stoppages and I think we enjoy playing more free-flowing squash. 

"The crowd deserves more free-flowing squash, but it is what it is. 

"Some matches you have to get through like this. 

"I’m just glad that I’m through."

In the other semi-final, fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham, seeded sixth and back to his best a career riddled with injuries, made lighter work of his semi-final against France's Gregoire Marche, winning in straight games 13-11, 11-5, 13-11.

"First of all, I’m really happy with the way I am at the moment," said Hesham.

"I'm here playing and enjoying my squash again, showing what I can do and playing the brand of squash I want to play, entertaining people and entertaining myself, hearing people cheering and loving squash every day."

The final is due to take place tomorrow.