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Canary Wharf Classic

Canary Wharf Classic: Semi-Finals - Player Reaction

The semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic take place this evening, with action beginning at 18:30 (GMT) at the East Wintergarden in London as the top four seeds battle it out for places in Friday’s final.

Stay tuned here for all the latest reports and reaction from tonight's matches.

You can catch all the action live from the East Wintergarden on SquashTV and multiple broadcasters around the world such as BT Sport (UK) and ON Sport Egypt.

You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.

Faultless Farag through to final

Ali Farag in action.

World No.1 Ali Farag produced a near faultless display to defeat compatriot Tarek Momen 3-0 and reach his second successive Canary Wharf Classic final.

A competitive first game was won on a tiebreak by Farag after Momen squandered three game balls. Farag showed his class and mental strength from 10-7 down and that maintained in both the second and third games.

The No.1 seed was extremely happy that he managed to execute his game plan as well as he did and moves through to his second successive final at London’s East Wintergarden where he will face either New Zealand’s Paul Coll or recent Qatar Classic champion Diego Elias.

“I had a clear game plan in mind, but it’s not easy to implement it against Tarek,” said Farag.

“It was a matter of who got their game plan going first. In the first we traded blows a little and it went my way which calmed me down a little so it was easier for me to implement my game plan. In the second and third, I don’t think I’ve ever done it to that level against Tarek before.

“It got in my head a little. Once he started winning points I thought that was that the turning point. It took a funny bounce off something so both of us thought it was dodgy but if it was him, I would have appealed as well.

“I’m very pleased, believe it or not I was lucky enough to win a lot of titles across the globe but never on British soil. I’ve made semis here and the final, so I hope the trend continues. I hope I can go one further this time. It’s a joy to play on this amazing stage, in front of this amazing crowd. I can’t wait to play for you again tomorrow.”

Result:
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (33m)

Coll gets Qatar revenge over Elias

Coll celebrates win over Elias

Coll gets Qatar revenge over Elias

An emphatic victory for World No.3 Paul Coll sends him through to the Canary Wharf Classic final. A repeat of the recent Qatar Classic final went the way of Coll on this occasion. The New Zealander started strongly in the second semi-final of the evening finding his length early on and dominating the middle.

Elias tried his best to disrupt the British Open champion with his trademark deception but Coll was simply too strong for his younger opponent.

Coll has set up a final clash with World No.1 Ali Farag. Both players are showing great form going into the final, neither dropping a game so far in the event. Coll is particularly enjoying the atmosphere in London’s East Wintergarden venue and is hoping it continues tomorrow.

“I had another great week up in Birmingham with my coach Rob Owen,” said Coll.

“We do a sharp week of hitting, getting my ball striking and movement where we want it to be. I always feel confident going into a tournament after having a good training block like that. I knew it would be tough tonight, Diego beat me three weeks ago, so credit to him for backing up and having another good tournament, it’s always so hard to do that.

“I wasn’t as happy with it tonight as I have done, I got a lot of good counter in that front backhand which is one of my favourite areas. He was holding me a lot tonight, I didn’t feel like my movement was fully timed but got myself in the match which I was happy with and played the big points well run the end. Few things I can work on for tomorrow and feeling fresh and ready to go.

“We’ve had some good battles in finals this year, another one tomorrow. I’ve got a lots of support from best friends and my coach here. I’m just in a good place this week, the crowd’s amazing.”

Result:
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [4] Diego Elias (PER) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (50m)

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