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Joel Makin will take part in the last match of the day

Canary Wharf Classic - Day Four: As It Happens

The quarter finals 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 Australia's Ryan Cuskelly up against the World No.3 Tarek Momen.

Also in action are Egyptians Mohamed ElShorbagy and Fares Dessouky, New Zealand's Paul Coll, England's Declan James, France's Mathieu Castagnet and Welshman Joel Makin.

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.


Momen Mounts Comeback To Beat Cuskelly

Tarek Momen lets out a scream after beating Ryan Cuskelly

Tarek Momen is through to the semi finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after getting the better of Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly.

The 2018 runner-up had to battle back from a game down, saving a match ball in the second as he turned the match on its head to win.

Cuskelly had won the first game 11-8, before losing out in the second on a tie-break. Momen then took control of the third to close the match out in just over fifty minutes.

The World No.3 will face either Mohamed ElShorbagy or Declan James in the semi finals at London’s East Wintergarden.

“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,” Momen said.

“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 tomorrow.”

[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [8] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 2-1: 8-11, 13-11, 11-5 (51m)

ElShorbagy Continues Defence of Canary Wharf Crown

Mohamed ElShorbagy (fore) overcame Declan James to reach the last four

Defending Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is through to the semi finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after beating home favourite Declan James.

The young Englishman had beaten Mohamed's brother, Marwan, in three games in the second round of the tournament.

The former World No.1 struggled to get going in the first game, but eventually went on to take the early lead after winning the 11-9.

The second game was won in quick fashion by the Egyptian, who sets up a clash with Tarek Momen, in a re-match of last year’s final at East Wintergarden.

“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,” ElShorbagy said jokingly after the match.

“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 for him.

“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 [Farag], 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 with him.”

[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 2-0: 11-9, 11-2 (28m)

Castagnet Shocks Dessouky To Reach Semi Final

Mathieu Castagnet beat Fares Dessouky to book his place in the semis

For the second day in a row, Mathieu Castagnet shocked a seeded player to advance in the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.

Yesterday, the Frenchman took victory over No.2 seed Simon Rösner for the first time in his career. This evening, he achieved the same feat over No.7 seed Fares Dessouky.

The Egyptian won the first game with ease, taking it 11-5, but Castagnet bounced back to take both the second and third games to win the match.

The 2016 Champion is through to the semi finals, and will face either New Zealand’s Paul Coll, or Wales’ Joel Makin in the last four.

“I have no words to express my emotions. It is like Simon Rösner, I had never beaten Fares [Dessouky], this is the first time I beat him,” Castagnet said.

“This is the right time to beat him, to reach the semi finals of the Canary Wharf Classic again. I would like to thank all the French guys and all the people who supported me. Also, my wife is watching me with my little cat, so I say hi to both as well.

“I am pretty happy, I am trying to get back to a better shape and today and yesterday, I proved that I am able to get back into the world’s top 20, so I did my best for that.

“It was exactly the same situation in New York. He hit some great shots, he hit some mistakes and some tins. At the end of the first game, I tried to change my game plan and I am pretty happy because it worked at the end. That made the difference at the end of the match.”

Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt [7] Fares Dessouky (EGY) 2-1: 5-11, 11-7, 11-7 (49m)

Coll Conquers Makin to Reach Semi Finals

Paul Coll is into the last four at Canary Wharf

New Zealand’s Paul Coll is through to the semi finals of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after beating Joel Makin.

The Welshman actually had a five-point lead in the mid-point of the first game, but the World No.7 came battling back to win the game.

The Kiwi continued that momentum into the start of the second game, only for Makin to bounce back. Coll eventually took the match after winning the second on a tie-break.

“I knew it was going to be so tough to win a point. I thought I had him on one of the match balls there when he dived and then I was trying my hardest to fish the stroke but he got out so fast and saved it,” Coll said after the match.

“Credit to him, he is a fighter, and he is a quality player already. He is only going to get better. [It was] very fair, and I enjoyed the match as tough as it was.

“I just started too passive, expecting long rallies but not really taking the ball like I should have been. I knew what I had to do, and I wasn’t overly worried because nothing was making me feel really awkward.

“I was a bit off the pace, but I knew what I had to do. I just had to stay calm and I started attacking a lot more down my backhand where I was feeling comfortable, and it paid off.”

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 2-0: 11-9, 12-10 (47m)

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