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Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy will begin his Channel VAS Championships campaign today

Channel VAS Champs: Day Two - As It Happens

Round two of the Channel VAS Championships at St George's Hill kicks off today as four of the top eight seeded players begin their campaigns at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.

Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy will look to follow up last week's U.S. Open title with another trophy in Webridge and he takes on Welshman Joel Makin in the day's opening match at 17:30 (BST).

2015 runner-up Daryl Selby will take on Peru's Diego Elias an hour later, before England's top male player James Willstrop and New Zealand's World No.8 Paul Coll go head-to-head in arguably the match of the day.

The pair met in the final of the singles event at the Commonwealth Games in April, with Willstrop prevailing in straight games to finally get his hands on a coveted gold medal.

2016 runner-up Tarek Momen and Australia's Cameron Pilley will bring us to a close at 21:00.

You can watch LIVE coverage on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player or follow our live scoring page.

We'll also have reports and reaction from all of tonight's matches right here.

Here's the Order of Play
(All times are local BST)

Makin Shocks ElShorbagy to Reach Quarter-Finals

Joel Makin (right) v Mohamed ElShorbagy (left)

World No.33 Joel Makin earned the biggest victory of his career after he claimed a dramatic victory over World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy to send the defending champion out of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill.

ElShorbagy was coming off the back of a title win at the U.S. Open last week, but the reigning World Champion was under pressure right from the off as Makin combined his typically strong retrieval skills with some fine touches at the front of the court.

The Welshman lost to ElShorbagy in straight games when they played at the PSA World Championships last December, but he took the opener after varying the height and pace of his shots to great effect

ElShorbagy showed more of his usual aggression as he came back from 9-4 down in the second to force a tie-break, but it spilled over as he received a conduct stroke against him after a disagreement with the referee over a video decision.

And the Egyptian squandered three game balls in the third to hand the match to Makin, with a no let decision being overturned to a stroke in Makin’s favour – much to the frustration of the number one seed.


“It’s massive [to beat ElShorbagy],” said Makin.

“I had a lot of belief and I knew exactly what I needed to do. I really had to be disciplined and I didn’t think about his form, just focused on the process.

“I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do during the match. I knew I needed to switch the pace and make sure that I was switching it cross court and getting it back behind him because he is unbelievable through the middle.

“If I was going to get into the match, I had to switch it and keep getting the height. I had to be positive and my short balls were better today than they have been. I’ve been working on them for a long time, but they came together. They were three really tight games.

“I had to make sure that I switched the height constantly, went fast when I had opportunities and then went back to slowing and resetting down the backhand.”

Result
Joel Makin (WAL) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (61m)

Elias Halts Selby in Weybridge

Diego Elias (right) v Daryl Selby (left)

Peruvian World No.13 Diego Elias marched into round three after a 3-0 victory over England’s Daryl Selby.

Elias and Selby met in the opening round of last year’s tournament, with Elias winning in straight games in 40 minutes.

And it took the 21-year-old the same amount of time to dispatch the 2015 runner-up this time around as he completed an 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 victory to earn a quarter-final berth against Welshman Joel Makin.

“I’m very happy to be here again, I haven’t started the season that well, but now I’m feeling better on court,” Elias said.

“Daryl is a super strong player and I think I did a great job beating him in three because it’s always hard.

“We played here last year in the same round, I knew he wanted revenge but I think I played well.

“The game was pretty similar to last year’s. I was trying to make the pace as fast as I could, I didn’t want to play a game where he could have been more comfortable with straight drives, and it worked.”

Result
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)

Red-Hot Coll Downs Willstrop

Paul Coll dives for the ball against James Willstrop

A clinical display from World No.8 Paul Coll saw him take out former World No.1 James Willstrop in straight games, avenging his defeat to the Englishman at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Willstrop got the better of the New Zealander on the Gold Coast in the singles final to claim a coveted gold medal but Coll turned the tide today, claiming an 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 victory.

Coll was always on the move as Willstrop sent him twisting and turning around the court, but the Kiwi is one of the fittest players on the tour and he was able to pick up the majority of what Willstrop threw at him.


The 26-year-old came from behind to win a crucial second game tie-break and he dominated the third to close out the win which will see him take on either Egypt’s Tarek Momen or Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the last eight.

“I didn’t feel comfortable out there for much of that much, but that’s probably down to him making it difficult with his holds,” said Coll.

“It’s good to get the first match out of the way since the U.S. Open to keep the momentum going. Like I said, I didn’t feel comfortable out there, but the majority of that was down to him and his skills.

“[The Commonwealth Games] is always in my mind, it’s one of my ultimate goals in squash, but I’m trying to block that out for another four years and trying not to dwell on that too much because it can release some negative emotions.

“It’s always on my mind, but it’s not what I’m thinking about at all, maybe in four years when I need to light that fire again.

“I love this court, I’ve played league on it a few times and I think I’ve only ever lost one match on it, to Ali [Farag] last year. I love this court and I’m ready to go again.”

Result
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (48m)

Momen Comes Through Tight Pilley Clash

Tarek Momen (right) v Cameron Pilley (left)

World No.4 Tarek Momen overcame Australia’s Cameron Pilley by a 3-0 margin to set up a repeat of the 2016 final against Paul Coll in the next round.

Momen and Pilley have contrasting styles of play, with Momen’s unorthodox shot-making clashing with the hard-hitting physicality of his opponent.

The Egyptian had a 9-3 lead on their head-to-head record coming into the match and, while he was able to extend that lead, he was made to work hard for it by the World No.23, who had only just made his return to action after going through ankle surgery over the summer.

Momen just managed to edge all three games on the tie-break, completing the win by a 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 scoreline to book his place in the last eight.

“I must say that I’m very glad to be through, it was one of those where you have to be thankful that you got through because a lot of things were not working,” Momen said afterwards.

“I was trying hard to get into my own rhythm and I couldn’t. He was playing really well considering he had some time off in the summer to have an ankle operation. It’s really good that he’s playing this well with the preparation he’s had.

“I’m very happy to win in three and hopefully in the next round I get to improve a lot.

“I’ve been playing back-to-back tournaments, I started in San Francisco a few weeks ago.

“Before that I was in Cairo training for the past three or four months. It’s a long time to be away from competition and it takes a while to get into the zone.”

Result
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0: 12-10, 13-11, 12-10 (49m)

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