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No.1 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy gets his campaign underway at Canary Wharf on Day Two

Canary Wharf Classic - Day Two: As It Happens

The second round of the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic gets underway today at London’s East Wintergarden, where a best-of-three games format is being trialled.

The action begins at 18:00 GMT, with No.8 seed Ryan Cuskelly facing England’s No.1 James Willstrop, who is playing his 650th PSA World Tour match.

The second round is split over the next two days, with four matches this evening, and four matches on court tomorrow.

Matches from the glass court inside East Wintergarden will be live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and Facebook (excluding Europe and Japan).

Can’t watch the action? You can also follow the live scores from Canary Wharf.

Cuskelly Comes From Behind to Overcome Willstrop

Ryan Cuskelly is through to the quarter finals of the Canary Wharf Classic

The tournament’s No.8 seed won the first match of day two, as Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly overcame four-time Champion James Willstrop to reach the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.

It did not look good for the Aussie after the first game, as Willstrop took the early lead. However, he bounced back to move past the former World No.1, who was taking part in his 650th match on the PSA World Tour.

However, Cuskelly came back and produced some much quicker squash to outpace Willstrop, and take the victory at East Wintergarden.

“The first game, you know, if you play at James’ pace, he is just going to pick you off all day, so I was in that slow to medium pace and he was just too comfortable,” Cuskelly said.

“Rob Owen [Cuskelly’s coach] told me to step it up a bit and be a bit more aggressive and hit in front of the ’T’. That’s what I did, and it was tiring, you know.

“I tried to just not let him settle. When James sets on the ball, he is probably the best in the world. He can put the ball away, especially on the backhand. I have watched him so much that I think like I know where he is going to hit it, sometimes.

“[At those times] I just try to charge up behind him and whack the hell out of it. It is always good playing James. I love watching him play, so it was good to play well again.

“I have seen those [WIllstrop’s fakes] before as well. He has done it against [Karim Abdel] Gawad a few times, and a few other guys. He is good at that, but I was lucky to read it today.”

[8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt James Willstrop (ENG) 2-1: 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (42m)

Momen Recovers From Early Deficit to Beat Kandra

Tarek Momen (l) is through to the quarters after beating Raphael Kandra

Tarek Momen had to come from a game behind to overhaul Germany’s Raphael Kandra in the second round of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.

The World No.3 lost the first game on a tie-break, after holding a healthy lead. However, he was able to battle back to book his place in the quarter finals.

After battling back from a game behind, the Egyptian now has a day’s rest ahead of his quarter final match, in which he will face Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.

“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 third.

“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.”

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 2-1: 12-14, 11-4, 11-4 (33m)

Mohamed ElShorbagy Survives Stern Test to Reach Last Eight

Mohamed ElShorbagy beat Borja Golan to reach the quarters

Defending Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy overcame a stern test to reach the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic, beating Borja Golan in three games.

The former World No.1 took the first game after reeling off a string of points late on, but he did not have it all his own way in the second.

El Toro took the second to level the game, but it would be the Egyptian that moved through to the last eight, winning the third game to secure the victory.

“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,” ElShorbagy said.

“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.”

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 2-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 (47m)

James Bounces Back to Knock Out The Younger ElShorbagy

Declan James took a big win at the end of the second day's play

Declan James got the surprise victory at the end of the second day, as he progressed to the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.

The Englishman secured victory over World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy in three games, coming from behind after losing the first.

James then bounced back to take the win, after winning the second and third games, bringing huge roars from the home crowd, something he cherished.

“First things first, I just want to thank everyone for staying behind. The support was absolutely awesome,” James said of the home crowd.

“It was getting very hard in that third game, despite the fact it was a best of three. I was getting tired towards the end but these guys gave me that extra 10 or 20 per cent that I needed to carry me over the line, so thank you very much.

“I think, for me it was more mental over anything else. I have been saying for quite a few months now that I wanted to get that win over a top ten guy.

“I have made no secret about the fact that has been one of my main goals. I feel like this season, I have started to play at a level that is capable of contending with these guys but I haven’t got over the line, so this means so much to me, it really does.

“It is just so exciting. I just remind myself every day of how fortunate I am to play squash for a living because it is not always fun when you’re training hard and you’re feeling tired.

“I am just reminding every day to enjoy myself as much as I can because when I enjoy it, I play well, and vice versa, so I am literally just trying to enjoy every day on the court at the moment.”

Declan James (ENG) bt [5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 2-1: 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)

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