The semi-finals of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic take place today, with action beginning at 18:30 (GMT) at the spectacular East Wintergarden as the last four do battle.
The tournament goes back to the best-of-five format for the semi-finals, and we have an all-Egyptian line-up for the penultimate evening of the week’s action at the PSA Gold event.
Both ElShorbagys are involved on semi-finals night, with the chance of playing each other in the final should they get through. Standing in their way are the reigning World Champion, and his predecessor.
World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will face World No.3, and the current World Champ Tarek Momen, while World No.2 and the 2018-2019 World Champion, Ali Farag, will come up against Marwan ElShorbagy.
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.
Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – GMT)
The first match of the evening sees World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy take on reigning World Champion Tarek Momen, in a repeat of this exact stage twelve months ago.
Following that meeting in Canary Wharf 364 days ago, the pair have met five more times, with ElShorbagy being victorious in all five, including the finals of the Grasshopper Cup, Oracle NetSuite Open and J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. He holds the overall 18-5 advantage over ‘The Viper’.
ElShorbagy comes into the first round of best-of-five having been pushed all the way in both of his previous matches. He needed 48 minutes to overcome a challenge from France’s Mathieu Castagnet, before eventually winning on a tie-break against India’s Saurav Ghosal in the quarter-finals.
The reigning World Champion has also been pushed to three in both of his matches so far this week. He faced home favourite Daryl Selby in the second round, and fell behind before coming back to win 2-1, before then downing World No.6 Diego Elias to reach the last four of the tournament.
Will the World No.1 continue his fine form over Momen? Or can the current World Champion repeat his victory from last year’s Canary Wharf Classic to reach the final for a third successive year?
The second semi-final of the evening sees World No.2 Ali Farag take on ‘the Jackal’, with both aiming to reach the final of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic fo the first time in their careers.
The pair have met seven times previously on the PSA World Tour, with ElShorbagy holding the 4-3 advantage over the former World No.1. Five of those meetings have come in semi-finals, with Marwan also holding a narrow advantage in that list as well, having won three of them. Farag won the most recent clash, which came in the third round of the Allam British Open.
Both men have come through one of their two matches so far this week due to retirements. Omar Mosaad was forced to retire from his second round clash with ElShorbagy due to an ankle injury. ‘The Jackal’ then took less than half an hour to down Scotland’s Greg Lobban to secure a semi-final berth.
The 2018-19 World Champion started his Canary Wharf campaign with a 27 minute victory over home hope Declan James, and was then leading against Fares Dessouky when the Egyptian was forced to retire through injury as well, in the middle part of the third game.
Will ElShorbagy continue his winning record over Farag? Or can the Windy City Open champion continue his form and reach second final in as many weeks?