Skip to content

Ali Farag

Canary Wharf Classic Semis RoundUp: Top Seeds Farag and Coll Set Up Final

Egypt’s World No.1 Ali Farag and New Zealand’s World No.3 Paul Coll will go head-to-head in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic after claiming respective wins over Egypt’s Tarek Momen and Peru’s Diego Elias at London’s East Wintergarden.

The two players will face each other for the third time in a final this year with each player taking one victory apiece so far in 2021 as they go to battle for the PSA World Tour Gold title tomorrow evening.

Farag is aiming to go one better this year after falling short in a thrilling final to compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy last year as he dismantled former World Champion Momen in straight-games this evening.

The World No.1 came from 10-7 down in the first to hold his nerve and take the lead on the tie-break, with the semi-finals and final reverting to the traditional best-of-five format. From that moment on it was all about the top seed as he produced a comfortable and clinical display to win 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 in 33 minutes.
“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, 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.

“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.”

Coll, meanwhile, got his revenge on Peru’s Elias as they played out a repeat of last month’s Qatar Classic final where the World No.5 won his maiden Platinum title. However, this time it was a different result as the New Zealander was at his clinical best to convert.

Paul Coll

World No.3 Coll – who won the tournament back in 2019 – started strongly and dealt with everything that Elias threw at him as he triumphed 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 in 50 minutes.
“I always feel confident going into a tournament after having a good training block,” said Coll afterwards. “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.

“Ali and I have 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.”

The final of the Canary Wharf Classic take place tomorrow (November 19). Action will begin at 19:30 (GMT) and the match will be shown live on SQUASHTV and multiple broadcasters around the world.

Fans can stay up to date with the latest news on the tournament by visiting the event’s official website or by following the Canary Wharf Classic on Twitter.

Results: Canary Wharf Classic – Semi-finals
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [3] Tarek Momen (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 11-2, 11-4 (33m)
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [4] Diego Elias (PER) 3-0: 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 (50m)

Draw: Canary Wharf Classic – Final – To be played November 19
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v [2] Paul Coll (NZL)

Join SQUASHTV and get closer to the PSA World Tour