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Paul Coll will be looking to reach a second final in as many weeks

Canary Wharf Classic - Semi Finals: As It Happens

The semi finals of the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic continues this evening at London’s East Wintergarden, with the best-of-five games back in action.

The action begins at 18:30 GMT, with a rematch of the World Championships semi final, as World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy takes on World No.3 Tarek Momen.

The second semi final sees giant-killer, and 2016 Canary Wharf Champion, Mathieu Castagnet take on New Zealand's very own Supeman, Paul Coll.

Matches from the glass court inside East Wintergarden will be live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe), Facebook (Indian sub-continent), and other TV broadcasters around the world.

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

Schedule

Momen Topples ElShorbagy to Reach Maiden Canary Wharf Classic Final

Tarek Momen beat Mohamed ElShorbagy to reach the final

World Championship runner-up Tarek Momen ended the title defence of reigning Canary Wharf Classic champion Mohamed ElShorbagy to avenge his defeat to the World No.2 in last year’s title decider.

Momen and ElShorbagy had slugged it out 17 times previously on the PSA Tour, with the latter winning 13 of them, including a 3-2 victory in the final at East Wintergarden 12 months ago, but it was the former who took the win this time around by the same scoreline.

World No.3 Momen ended a nine-match losing streak to ElShorbagy with an extraordinary triumph in the semi-finals of the PSA World Championships two weeks ago, and ‘The Viper’ picked up where he left off in Chicago tonight as he came flying out of the traps to take a comfortable 11-7 victory in the opening game.

ElShorbagy, appearing in his 500th PSA Tour match, stepped up the ’T’ in the second, and it was his turn to be the aggressor as he played at a rip-roaring pace to force Momen into a number of errors, drawing level for the loss of six points.

The former World No.1 was on top in the early parts of the third as he prevailed in some punishing rallies to hold an 8-4 lead. But Momen refused to throw in the towel and launched an incredible comeback which saw him take the game to his opponent, rattling off eight of the next 10 points to restore his lead.


The fourth went all the way to the wire too as a packed house at East Wintergarden witnessed some intense, all-action squash. And it was Momen who held his nerve impressively at the crucial stages, coming from 9-7 behind to complete the win and earn his place in the final for a second year in succession.

The win came shortly after wife Raneem El Welily had edged Nouran Gohar in five games to reach the final of the Black Ball Open in Cairo.

“I am over the moon,” said Momen.

“I was having déjà vu because only two weeks ago, I was playing Mohamed in the semi-finals of the World Champs, and Raneem had just finished a five-game match, 12-10 in the fifth.

“She lost, and it was very hard for me to go on court and play Mohamed only five minutes after it happened. Today, it was the same scenario. Literally two minutes before I started warming up, their match [El Welily and Gohar at the Black Ball Open] was over.

“The result was reversed. She won this time, and therefore I was a bit worried that my result would also be reversed as well. She saved match balls as well. I just went on court today, knowing both had a really tough season. We are both tired, but we both just want to make the most of it.

“I am kind of trying to get this approach where I go on and give 100%. I know I had Mohamed today, I was tired yes, but I just wanted to win and I didn’t want to give it up. I want to be the best in the world, and to be the best, I have to perform at my best every single match and every single tournament.”


Result
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-1: 11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9 (60m)

Coll Conquers Castagnet at Canary Wharf Classic

Paul Coll beat Mathieu Castagnet to reach the final

Paul Coll is through to a second final in as many weeks, after he beat Mathieu Castagnet in the semis of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic.

Castagnet won this tournament back in 2016, and he had been on a giant-killing run up to the semi finals, dispatching World No.5 Simon Rösner, and the tournament’s No.7 seed, Fares Dessouky.

However, the Frenchman was unable to reach the final again, as the World No.7 defeated him in straight games at London’s East Wintergarden.

The New Zealander will play in a second final in a week, after losing out to Diego Elias in the Troilus Canada Cup last Sunday.

“We have never played on the PSA Tour before but I watched him all week, and I knew I was in for a tough battle,” Coll said.

“I went on court pretty relaxed tonight. I am just trying to enjoy the occasion and enjoy my squash at the moment. Like I said, we had never played on the PSA Tour before, but I knew it was going to be a really tough match, and mentally I had to focus right to the end because he digs in deep and fights all the way.

“I don’t change my gameplan too much going from best-of-three to best-of-five. I try and stay the same. I feel like it works in both formats. You just have to stay focussed mentally for longer because you can switch off more often in best-of-five. Generally speaking, I try and keep my tactics the same.

“I was watching it [Momen v ElShorbagy] while I was warming up. It was incredible, such high-quality squash in that match. Both players probably deserved to win that match, it was such high-quality.

“I am going to have my work cut out for me tomorrow, but I am looking forward to the challenge against one of the top players in the world.

“I am just going to have to be really alert, you know. He is taking it in so well, with lots of angles and lots of severity. I am going to have to really watch him and be careful where I leave the ball on the court because he can put it away. He is one of the best in the world at putting the ball away.”

Result
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 (47m)

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