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The glorious East Wintergarden plays host to the Canary Wharf Classic

Watch Live Action from the Canary Wharf Classic and Black Ball Open

There are two PSA Gold events this week, with the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic and the CIB Black Ball Squash Open taking place.

24 men will descend on Canary Wharf, while 24 women will be battling it out at the Black Ball Club in Cairo.

World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy leads the men’s cast in London, but he will face tough competition from compatriot Tarek Momen, the man he lost to in the World Championships semi finals in Chicago.

Tarek Momen (fore) and Mohamed ElShorbagy faced off in the World Championship semi finals

There are two more seeded Egyptian players at Canary Wharf, in the form of Mohamed’s younger brother Marwan, and Fares Dessouky, who is continuing his return from a 14-month injury layoff.

The other four seeds in the tournament are Germany’s Simon Rösner, New Zealand’s Paul Coll, Max Lee of Hong Kong, and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.

Rösner is the No.2 seed in the tournament, and will be looking to continue his good form after he reached the semi finals of the World Championships.

There are seven English hopes that begin their journey in the first round at Canary Wharf. Former World No.1 James Willstrop is one of the biggest names in the tournament, while World No.494 Sam Todd has been granted a wild card spot.

James Willstrop is a three-time winner of the Canary Wharf Classic

Declan James and Tom Richards go into Canary Wharf having made the quarter finals of the Canada Cup, while Daryl Selby, Adrian Waller and George Parker will all be looking to go deep into the London tournament.

The top eight players in the world are the top eight seeds for the Black Ball Open in Cairo, with World No.1 Raneem El Welily leading the way.

Four of the seeded players are Egyptian, including the World No.1. She is followed by three-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who took her third world crown in Chicago last time out.

Nour El Sherbini (r) and Nour El Tayeb met in the final of the World Championships in Chicago

Nour El Tayeb will be looking to continue her good form, after she reached the World Championship final for the first time in her career last week, while Nouran Gohar rounds out the top eight seeds.

The four other seeds are France’s Camille Serme, New Zealand’s Joelle King, and the English pair of Laura Massaro and Sarah-Jane Perry.

As well as the four seeded home favourites, there are also eight other Egyptians in the tournament, including World No.72 Salma Youssef, who was granted a wild card spot.

Yathreb Adel, Mayar Hany, Rowan Elaraby, Hania El Hammamy, Salma Hany, Mariam Metwally and Zeina Mickawy are also taking part in front of their home crowd.

Eight-time World Champion Nicol David is amongst the other players in Cairo, as she continues her farewell tour before she retires at the end of the 2018-2019 season.

This will be Nicol David's last appearance at the Black Ball Open

Coverage from Canary Wharf begins at 13:00 GMT on Sunday, March 10, with the Black Ball Open beginning at 15:30 local time (GMT +2) on Monday, March 11.

SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player & DAZN Schedule: March – June 2019
Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic: March 10-15
Black Ball Squash Open: March 11-15

Grasshopper Cup: March 26-31

DPD Open: April 9-14

El Gouna International Squash Open: April 17-26

European Team Championships: May 1-4 (SQUASHTV only)
Manchester Open: May 9-13

Allam British Open: May 20-26

PSA World Tour Finals: June 18-22 (Provisional dates, subject to change)

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