The final of the St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic takes place this evening, with action beginning at 19:30 (GMT) at the East Wintergarden as the PSA Gold tournament comes to a conclusion.
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Here’s the Order of Play
(All times are local – ZONE)
The final of the St. Jame’s Place Canary Wharf Classic will see the top two in the world go head-to-head. World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will face World No.2 Ali Farag for the title on Friday evening.
This will be the 20th meeting between the pair on the PSA World Tour, with 11 of the last 12 having also come in finals. ElShorbagy holds the 11-8 advantage over Farag, but it is the latter that took the victory last time out. The World No.2 won the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships in straight games in October.
Farag has come through the week relatively unscathed, after comprehensive wins in the second round and last night’s semi-final. He got the better of Declan James in his first match of the week, before then downing Marwan ElShorbagy in the last four. In between, he faced a tricky clash against Fares Dessouky, with their quarter-final going into a deciding game before the World No.12 was forced to retire.
In contrast, the World No.1 has dropped a game in all three of his matches so far this week, going behind in two of them. He battled his way past Mathieu Castagnet in the second round, before having to come from behind to defeat Saurav Ghosal on a third game tie-break. He then downed World Champion Tarek Momen in the last four to reach the Canary Wharf final for the second time in three years.
Will the World No.1 secure victory in London again? Or can Farag win a second straight final over ElShorbagy, following the U.S. Open in Philadelphia?