World No.2 Ali Farag is through to the final of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic for the first time in his career, following a comprehensive victory over World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy at East Wintergarden.
The pair had met seven times on the PSA World Tour before, with ElShorbagy having won four of those. Five of those clashes had come in semi-finals, with ‘the Jackal’ also holding a 3-2 advantage in the last four. However, this clash would bring both statistics level.
The former World No.1 needed just 39 minutes to take the victory, as he was able to restrict ElShorbagy to just eleven points across the entire match. He was able to do so by just containing ‘the Jackal’, constantly forcing him into the back corners.
Farag will feature in the final in Canary Wharf for the first time in his career, in what is only his second appearance at the tournament. He will face World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy for the 20th time in their careers, as he aims to continue his route back to the top of the World Rankings.
“I would like to think that I can still get better. Today I went on court with a mix of emotions. I was inspired by Nour, she just won a thriller of a match in Cairo, at the Black Ball Open, against an unbelievable player in Raneem El Welily,” Farag admitted.
“I was super inspired but at the same time I was also super intimidated to see Nick Matthew in his corner. Nick, way beyond his prime years, gave me a lesson at the U.S. Open. I know that from the outside, he can give the right tactics.
“Even though Mohamed and I are No.1 and No.2 at the moment, we have only played twice so far this season. We have won one each and I think it is always exciting when we play against each other. He is totally different to play compared to Marwan, but it is equally as tough. It will be another test but for now, I will just enjoy the result and then focus on tomorrow.”
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (39m)