Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0
 Tarek Momen
11-8, 12-10, 11-3 (64m)
Momen 3-1  Mohamed
11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 (60m)
Momen and Coll to Meet in Citigold Canary Wharf Classic Final
World No.3 Tarek Momen and New
Zealand’s World No.7 Paul Coll will contest the final of the
2019 Canary Wharf Classic tomorrow after they claimed respective
wins over World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Mathieu Castagnet
at London’s East Wintergarden earlier today.
Momen lost in the final here 12 months ago to ElShorbagy, but he
was in sublime form to avenge that defeat, winning 11-7, 6-11,
12-10, 11-9 to reach the final of this tournament for the second
World No.3 Momen ended a nine-match losing streak to ElShorbagy
with an extraordinary triumph in the semi-finals of the PSA
World Championships two weeks ago, and the Momentaor picked up
where he left off in Chicago tonight as he came flying out of
the traps to take a comfortable 11-7 victory in the opening
ElShorbagy, who today became the youngest player of the
modern era to reach 500 PSA Tour matches, stepped up the ’T’
in the second to level, but he squandered an 8-4 lead in the
third to hand the initiative back to his opponent. Momen fell
9-7 behind in the fourth, but he held his nerve in front of a
packed house at East Wintergarden to overturn that deficit and
complete the win.
The win came shortly after wife Raneem El Welily had edged
Nouran Gohar in five games to reach the final of the Black Ball
Open in Cairo.
was having déjà vu because only two weeks ago, I was playing
Mohamed in the semi-finals of the World Champs, and Raneem had
just finished a five-game match, 12-10 in the fifth," Momen said
“She lost, and it was very hard for me to go on court and play
Mohamed only five minutes after it happened. Today, it was the
same scenario. Literally two minutes before I started warming
up, their match [El Welily and Gohar at the Black Ball Open] was
“I am kind of trying to get this approach where I go on and give
100%. I know I had Mohamed today, I was tired yes, but I just
wanted to win and I didn’t want to give it up. I want to be the
best in the world, and to be the best, I have to perform at my
best every single match and every single tournament."
Coll will appear in the final of this tournament for the
first time and will be aiming to win his first PSA Tour title
since the 2016 Channel VAS Championships - where he beat Momen
in the final.
 Mohamed ElShorbagy 2-0
Declan James (Eng) 11-9,
 Tarek Momen 2-1  Ryan
Cuskelly (Aus) 8-11, 13-11, 11-5 (51m)
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) Fares Dessouky
2-1 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 (49m)
Ryan came out firing today. He was
playing superbly well and I expected it because I had seen bits
and pieces of his match with James. I knew he would be aiming
for too much attacking, and then if it goes in then I am going
to be in trouble. It is kind of tough, backing up throughout the
season. I have been having some really good results.
However, it comes with the consequence that I am actually
playing so many matches in every tournament. This is new
territory for me, having to back up tournament after tournament.
I am gaining a lot of experience and I am counting on my
fighting spirit to get me through because today I was really
behind. I was 1-0 and 6-3 down and I was not moving that well,
which is something I always count on.
When I don’t have my best movement, I try to come up with
anything to get through. I even lied to myself, telling myself
that the score was something else. I was 6-3 down and I was
telling myself it was 5-5 to keep myself going.
Eventually, what got me through today was my sheer desire to win
and I am very happy to get through. I had a rest day yesterday
which I really made use of. It was very important. The best of
three is helping in that regard, so I am happy to go only three
games today, and hopefully I will get some good recovery for
Declan is one of my good mates on tour. We trained together this
summer. He came to Bristol and we trained a few times. I don’t
think I am going to train with him anymore. He beat my brother
and I think Marwan is going to blame me for that.
He has been playing really well and I am really happy for him.
He is a great guy and we get on really well and I am really
happy for him.
I played him three years ago at the TOC and I said that he was
the best English player from that generation, of those coming up
the ranks. I think he has a great future in front of him. This
season he has been playing so well. The last few years he would
have a good result but then not back it up, but this season he
has played many great tournaments in a row. He has shown the
improvement that he has been working on and I am really happy
On the 1st of March, I lost the World No.1. On the 2nd of March,
I lost the World Championships. I am not sure March is a very
good month for me, but I am coming to this event knowing that it
won’t be a test physically and mentally for me because I know
what I can do on my day. This is going to be a test of character
and I am going to challenge myself here and see. It is hard when
you lose the World No.1. It is not an easy thing to lose. When
you lose it because someone has raised their level over yours,
you raise you hand up.
Ali, right now, is playing the best I have ever seen him play
and right now he is the best player in the world. I am going to
be chasing him now. It is a different scenario with our matches,
but for now, maybe luckily for all of us he is not playing this
event, because he has been playing so well this season, but I
look forward to tomorrow now.
Tarek got out of jail a little bit today. Ryan was playing so
well, but Tarek has been playing an amazing season. He beat me
last week and I really forward to having another great match
 Mohamed ElShorbagy 2-1 Borja Golan (Esp) 11-7,
9-11, 11-8 (47m)
 Tarek Momen 2-1 Raphael
Kandra (GER) 12-14, 11-4, 11-4 (33m)
Declan James (Eng) 2-1  Marwan
ElShorbagy 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
 Fares Dessouky 2-0
[9/16] Daryl Selby (Eng) 11-5, 11-2 (25m)
England’s James Upsets ElShorbagy to Reach Canary Wharf Quarters
England’s World No.20 Declan
James claimed arguably the biggest win of his career as he
upset Egypt’s World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy at London’s
East Wintergarden earlier today to reach the quarter-finals of
the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.
Nottingham-based James had never been able to get the better of
a player inside the world’s top 10 before and was appearing in
the second round of the prestigious PSA World Tour Gold
tournament for the first time.
Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy - Marwan’s older
brother - will play James in the next round after he kept his
title defence alive with a testing 2-1 triumph against Spanish
veteran Borja Golan.
A best-of-three games format is being trialled up to and
including the quarter-finals at East Wintergarden, and at times
it looked as though Golan would come through to take the win
after some terrific attacking squash saw him go toe-to-toe with
the Egyptian. But ElShorbagy held his nerve at the crucial
points and ground out an 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 victory to reach the
Momen, competing at his first tournament since losing out in the
PSA World Championship final a fortnight ago, surrendered three
game balls in the opening game as Kandra edged it on the
tie-break, but the World No.3 struck back in games two and three
to eliminate the German.
“It is warm, but at the same time,
the ball dies pretty well at the front. I thought I started the
match quite well, but them somehow, along the way, I lost my
tactics,” Momen admitted.
“He just upped the pace and started hitting some beautiful drop
shots at the front. It was a great comeback from him to win that
game after being 8-4 down.
“It put me under a lot of pressure, because when you are 1-0
down in a best of three format, it is not the best feeling. I am
very happy with the way I turned it around in the second and the
“I got my tactics right again, and I had Mazen [Hesham] and
Fares [Dessouky] with me, in the corner. They just had to remind
me of what I should be doing. It worked pretty well and I am
very happy with the way I played towards the end.”
“Borja is such an experienced player on tour. We have had so
many great battles before, and today I knew it was going to be
another battle again.
When I had that lead in the second game, I thought I had him a
bit. It is always a mistake when you do that against an
experienced player like him. Obviously, he took advantage of
that and the third, I was so lucky. He gave me a few mistakes
which were at times when he was attacking in the rally. I have
to thank my lucky stars for winning today.
Every season is always more difficult than the season before.
You get to be studied, the longer you stay there, and every
season is a different challenge, every day is a different
challenge. I like to challenge myself, and right now, I am in a
completely different challenge in my career. I expect myself to
be up for it. I have to adapt, that is my job, and that is what
I will have to do on a daily basis, and I cannot wait to see
what happens for the rest of this event.”
"I played very good squash today, even my movement was quite
good. I had an ACL injury so I had surgery in December .
After that I had another small surgery, and I feel like I’m
improving every tournament.”
James Willstrop (Eng) 2-0 Mazen Hesham
11-9, 11-7 (29m)