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Canary Wharf Classic: Final - Player Reaction

The final of the Canary Wharf Classic takes place this evening at the iconic East Wintergarden in London.

Egypt's World No.1 Ali Farag, a beaten finalist last year, takes on New Zealand's World No.3 Paul Coll, live on SquashTV and multiple broadcasters around the world.

Follow the reports and reaction from tonight's final here.

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

Coll wins Canary Wharf Title

It was the World No.1 who started stronger, finding his length early on and moving Coll into all four corners of the court before converting the first game 11-7.

Paul Coll has has claimed his second Canary Wharf Classic title at London’s East Wintergarden. The World No.3 repeated his victory from the British Open final beating current World Champion Ali Farag 3-1.

Coll responded in emphatic style in the second game, cutting down Farag’s angles and restricting his creativity. The New Zealander raced to a 10-5 lead but it took a tiebreak to decide the game after Farag produced some unbelievable winners to worry the No. 2 seed but it wasn’t enough to deny Coll the game victory.

The final two games were a perfect display of concentration from Coll. He stuck to his game plan and completely disarmed the Egyptian. Coll gained healthy leads early on in the third and fourth games and didn’t let go. The World No.3 earned himself 4 match balls at 10-6 before converting first time of asking.

“I’m very happy,” said Coll, in his post-match interview. “I have so much respect for Ali, he’s such a great champion, he’s a top player. For me to beat him in the final is extra special, he’s such a top and fair player and everyone should look up to as a quality champion. I’m so happy to take two titles off him, no offence Ali.

“I’m very proud of that, it’s so tough to beat him. You’ve got to put so many things together, get a game plan and then execute a game plan from start to finish, I’m very proud of this win. I want to thank the crowd, it’s my favourite venue to come to, Tim garner, you do an amazing thing here. Thanks Canary Wharf, the crowd make it but to even have the event in such a special location and I know all the players are so privileged to come here and play this tournament.

“[Diving is] definitely something that put me on the map, but as my coach says for the wrong reasons as he hates me diving. Now that’s out my game for the best part. Thanks to my whole team for coming on this journey since I was a junior, teamed up with Rob Owen and he’s changed my game, taught me how to play the game and I’m just so grateful to share his time and his commitment to me and all his players, so massive thank you to him.

“I also want to the thank the rest of my team, Bart Wijnhoven, my mental coach, we work really hard and have come up with what we think is a good plan for me to compete every tournament. Relaxed but also hunting the ball. To all my sponsors, they make my life so much easier travelling, if you see them on my shirt, I love them all.”

Farag said:

“He’s the worthy winner, he played a lot better than I did, the ball was a flyer again, I couldn’t control it from the get go, he was taking better portions I the middle and hitting his corners better than I was so definitely didn’t deserve to win today.

“I don’t think I deserved to win it, I was 10-5 down and loosened up my arm and went for some shots and they went in and that bloody shot at the end where he hit the frame. I have nothing but respect for Paul and his coach Rob Owen whatever they did together is paying off, they do a lot of work I’m sure, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes, there’s so much you don’t see, all the team behind us supports us all the way, so I’d like to congratulate them and everyone behind them,

“Thank you very much guys for coming every night and making it special. Thanks to Tim Garner, he does a thankless job and thanks to the referees, we don’t make it easy for you but you do an amazing job.”

Result:
[2] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [1] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-6 (69m)

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