The final of the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic takes place this evening at London’s East Wintergarden, with Paul Coll and Tarek Momen battling it out for the title.
The action begins at 19:30 GMT, as the pair meet for the sixth time on the PSA World Tour. A victory here would give either player the most prestigious title of their careers.
Momen got through to the final after beating former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, just like he did in the World Championships semi finals in Chicago 13 days previous.
The New Zealander overcame the 2016 Canary Wharf Champion, Mathieu Castagnet, in three games, to book his place in the final this evening.
The final from East Wintergarden will be live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe), Facebook (Indian sub-continent), and other TV broadcasters around the world other TV broadcasters around the world.
Can’t watch the action? You can also follow the live scores from Canary Wharf.
Momen v Coll: Head-2-Head
Momen has the upper hand from previous meetings, with a 3-2 record in his favour
Before the final, there was a Wild Card Challenge, to determine who would take the wildcard spot in next year’s tournament.
Two Englishman, in Richie Fallows and Joshua Masters took to the court at London’s East Wintergarden to battle it out for that spot in 2020.
It was Fallows who won the best-of-three with relative ease, only allowing his countryman five points in a match lasting just 17 minutes.
Richie Fallows booked his place in the tournament for next year
Result – Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic Wild Card Challenge
Richie Fallows (ENG) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 2-0: 11-1, 11-4 (17m)
Coll Is The Canary Wharf Classic Champion
Paul Coll is the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic Champion, after he defeated Egypt’s Tarek Momen in the final.
The New Zealander beat the World No.3 in three games, to maintain his record of not losing a game throughout the entire tournament.
Coll took a big lead in the first game, only for Momen to bounce back and tie it at 8-8. However, the Kiwi was able to win the last three points to take the early lead in the match.
The second game followed suit, with Momen dragging it back after surrendering an early deficit. This time, though, Coll took the game on a tie-break.
The third was much easier, as the World No.7 lost just three points to Momen, who was clearly drained. The Egyptian explained his issues after the match.
“Obviously, [it was] not meant to happen. I feel a bit unfortunate, not having enough in the tank. I literally had just one game in me and that was it,” Momen explained.
“Second game I pushed really hard but I had nothing left. I just kept playing lobs. All match I kept playing lobs because I had no energy. I had an unfortunate evening last night. With squash, sometimes you have to go through things like that.”
Tarek Momen (l) and Paul Coll in action in the final at East Wintergarden
“I have been a bit unlucky and a bit lucky at the same time. I have had a good season, winning two titles. The last two finals I haven’t been as lucky but this is life. For the crowd, I just wish I could have put on a better show. I know I have so much to give. Paul just put on an amazing display and I just wanted to match that.
“I feel very disappointed not to be able to push, but I did my best, I did what I could. We all played a lot of matches. It was more than that, I was just a bit unlucky this week. Not just with the squash, but with other things, but it is fine, I am oaky with it.
“He was the better player on the day so he deserves to win. Congratulations to him and I just hope that one year I can come back and win it.”
After winning, Coll came onto court to lift the prestigious trophy, adding his name to the list of winners at Canary Wharf.
“It feels amazing, it really does. It is such a prestigious tournament, and there are such phenomenal names on the trophy and to be a part of that is something special,” Coll admitted.
Paul Coll with the Canary Wharf Classic trophy
“I have played this tournament three times, and I fell like I have played well every year. I love coming here, it is such a well organised event. The atmosphere is amazing, it is packed out every round and I love that. Thank you for all making it such a special event and I hope you all enjoyed the week,” he said to the crowd.
“I have been trying to make some improvements for a while now, and I really felt them come into my game in the World Championships. I felt quite strong on court. In Toronto, I just lost out in the final and that really hurt me. I took a big knock there, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to back that up this week.
“My coach just told me to get out there and keep performing. I was confident in my squash and as long as I could get my head right this week, I was confident and I am really happy with the squash and also mentally, to stay strong for the entire event.
“I could never match him [Momen] at the front of the court, with the skills and the flicks that he has got. It is really incredible what he can do with the ball, and from all sorts of positions on the court. I had to be aware of that, and try to contain him as much as I possibly could and use my speed to soak the pressure up, and then apply pressure on him.
“He puts it in there [the front] with such skill and such variety, that it is really hard sometimes. I just had to limit the angles that I was giving him as much as possible.”
At the end of his interview, the Kiwi had a message for his countrymen back home, affected by the tragic events earlier on in the day.
“Just to everyone back home in Christchurch, stay strong. It is a horrible thing that has happened to New Zealand and that was for you, and for everyone in Christchurch tonight. Stay strong guys!”
Result: Final – Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt  Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-3 (64m)
Paul Coll is the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic Champion