World No.2 Ali Farag continued his imperious form following on from his Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family last week, as he overcame England’s Declan James inside half an hour at the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic.
The Egyptian spent just a couple of days on home soil before travelling to London, and it seemed to pay off, as he showed how fresh he was in his first match of the week, restricting the home favourite to just nine points in their clash.
Farag took the 11-6, 11-3 victory in 27 minutes, booking his place in the quarter-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic, as he aims to reach a first final at East Wintergarden.
“Every time we play, he always pushes me to the wire. With the best-of-three I knew I had to start well. Even though I lost three of the first four point, I knew I started with the right gameplan,” Farag said.
“I didn’t give him any easy points. If he was going to win then he would have to earn every single point and it paid off from that point on. I am really pleased. After I finished in the US, I wanted to go home for 24 hours but I pushed the flight back one more day, and I didn’t know whether that was the right thing to do. I was watching the tournament while I was still in Egypt and I was worried. The plan paid off today!”
“People say that the best-of-three is still taking the physicality out of the game, but I would argue with that. We play at a very high pace because we know we only have a maximum of three games to play. It adds more pressure on the higher-seeded players because the lower-seeded has nothing to lose.”
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Declan James (ENG) 2-0: 11-6, 11-3 (27m)