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Daryl Selby is in action on the third day of the Canary Wharf Classic

Canary Wharf Classic - Day Three: As It Happens

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

The action begins at 18:00 GMT, with Englishman Daryl Selby taking on No.7 seed Fares Dessouky, who is continuing his return from a 14-month lay-off with injury.

The second round has been split over two days, with four games being played yesterday. Declan James made the big shock last night, as he knocked out No.5 seed Marwan ElShorbagy.

James will face ElShorbagy's older brother, Mohamed, in the quarter finals on Wednesday evening. Ryan Cuskelly and Tarek Momen are the other two men already through to the last eight.

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.

Day Three Schedule

Dessouky On Form to Dispatch Selby

Fares Dessouky (left) v Daryl Selby (right)

Egypt’s World No.67 Fares Dessouky booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after taking out home favourite Daryl Selby at East Wintergarden.

Dessouky has recently recovered from an ACL tear which saw him miss out on appearing at this tournament last year, but he was a beaten finalist in the 2017 edition, losing out to legendary Englishman Nick Matthew in the title decider.

The 24-year-old’s pegged ranking comes to an end at this tournament – meaning that he received a bye into the second round – and he was coming up against a former semi-finalist in Selby, who beat compatriot George Parker in the previous round.

Dessouky was on song in the opening game as he hit a series of thunderous shots into the nick, and he went on to take the opener for the loss of just five points.

The start of the second game was a scrappy affair as the video referee was called into action in the first four rallies of the game. Dessouky took a number of points in succession and he dropped just two points to close out the win in 25 minutes.

“I played very good squash today, even my movement was quite good,” said Dessouky.

“I had an ACL injury so I had surgery in December [2017]. After that I had another small surgery and I feel like I’m improving every tournament.”

[7] Fares Dessouky (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 2-0: 11-5, 11-2 (25m)

Castagnet Conquers No.2 Seed Rösner

Mathieu Castagnet (right) celebrates his win over Simon Rösner (left)

Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet came out on top against No.2 seed Simon Rösner to cause a huge shock in the day’s second match.

East Wintergarden has been a happy hunting ground for the World No.26 at times in the past, with Castagnet defeating Egypt’s Omar Mosaad in the 2016 final to win his biggest title on the PSA Tour, but he suffered a defeat to England’s Ben Coleman in the opening round of qualifying 12 months ago.

A string of injuries have seen Castagnet slide down the rankings from a career-high No.6 ranking, but he rolled back the years with a fearless display against the German No.1 to claim his first win over Rösner at the seventh attempt.

Castagnet had only taken Rösner to five games on one previous occasion. However, the best of three format looked to play into his hands as he attacked well, altered the pace to great effect and used the lob intelligently.

Rösner fought back from a one-game deficit to set up a decider, but Castagnet kept ahead throughout the third to hold a match ball, and an error from his opponent saw him earn his place in the last eight.

“The first, and the last, time I beat Simon Rösner was when I was 16 or 17 years old,” Castagnet said.

“It was at the French Junior Open. Since then, in leagues, exhibitions, PSA tournaments, European Team Championships, all the time he beats me 3-2, 3-1, 3-0. So when I reached my first match ball against him in seniors, if I had to put the ball to the back of the court a thousand times, I would.

“I don’t know if we can say that in English, but he is like my ‘black beast’. All the injuries I have had, it is such an amazing game for me today.

“Simon is such a great player. He was ranked World No.3, he won the Tournament of Champions, he reached the semi finals of the World Championships two weeks ago.

“I have so much respect for him and we are close friends, but I really enjoyed that moment because I worked so hard to be back at my best and to live that moment, it is something special to me, to be honest.”

Castagnet will play 2017 runner-up Fares Dessouky in the quarter-finals. Dessouky beat the Frenchman when they competed at the same stage of this tournament two years ago.

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [2] Simon Rösner (GER) 2-1: 11-8, 3-11, 11-9 (55m)

Coll Cruises Into Quarter Finals

Paul Coll (l) overcame Englishman Tom Richards to reach the last eight

Paul Coll is through to the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after beating England’s Tom Richards.

The Kiwi took less than half an hour to secure victory against the home favourite on the glass court at London’s East Wintergarden.

The best point of the match actually went to the Englishman, as he hit the nick numerous times, only for Coll to keep finding a way to stay alive. Richards eventually won the point.

The pair had played at the Troilus Canada Cup quarter finals exactly a week ago, and the World No.7 knew what he needed to do to beat the Englishman.

“We played each other last week, so I knew he liked to take it in fast, lots of angles. I tried to stay up the court and cover those angles,” Coll said after his win.

“We had some fast rallies last week as well, so I knew exactly what to expect. I am happy with the way I adjusted and found my length on the court too.

“Sometimes we play on two different courts [at the same tournament], so it is about adjusting and finding your length early on in the match, and the person who does that the most gets the upper advantage.

“I focussed on my corners in that first set. I felt like I hit them really well and that opened up the rest of the court.”

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 2-0: 11-4, 11-5 (27m)

Makin Sets Up Clash With Coll After Second Round Victory

Joel Makin is into the last eight of the tournament

Joel Makin has made it through to the quarter finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after knocking out Hong Kong’s Max Lee.

The Welshman, who is unseeded for the tournament, knocked out the No.6 seed in three games, to book his place in the last eight.

Makin lost the first game, but battled back to take the second and third games to win the match and set up a clash with Paul Coll.

“He is so tricky at the front. You could see early on in the first game that as soon as my length dropped short, he was chopping and changing the angles,” Makin said of Max Lee.

“He was difficult to play against really. I really had to get my length back and get back in front of him.

“I tried to step up the court a little bit more, but it was more about hitting the spots across the backhand and getting the ball through a little bit higher. Trying not to hit it as hard and making sure it was hitting the back wall for a little bit.

“He did well there. He caught me with a couple of shots. It was difficult trying to finish that off, so yeah, I was really happy with that.

“I have been watching this tournament for years. It is one of the favourites for all the players and everyone enjoys it. I wanted to get through a couple of rounds, I hadn’t done well in this tournament before so I am really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Joel Makin (WAL) bt [6] Max Lee (HKG) 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (47m)

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