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Canary Wharf Classic 2023




Round 1

Round 2





$110,000 Men's GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic 2023, East Wintergarden, London, England, PSA World Tour Gold


Canary Wharf Classic 2023
12-17 Mar
London, UK
, $100k

13-14 Mar
15 Mar
16 Mar

[1] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
11-5, 11-3 (24m)
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA)

Mostafa Asal
11-8, 11-4 (29m)
Baptiste Masotti
Mostafa Asal
12-10, 10-12, 3-11,
11-3, 11-8 (96m)
Joel Makin
Joel Makin
7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (82m)
 Paul Coll
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
3-11, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY)
15-13, 11-6 (29m)
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
Tarek Momen
11-5, 11-9 (36m)
Joel Makin
[3] Diego Elias (PER)
11-5, 11-7 (31m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL)
[4] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-9, 11-9 (39m)
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 Paul Coll
11-7, 11-8 (34m)
Mazen Hesham
 Paul Coll
11-9, 17-19, 12-10,
13-11 (98m)
Ali Farag
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-9, 11-6 (27m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
[5] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG)
12-10, 12-14, 11-8 (49m)
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-9, 2-11, 11-7 (37m)
Ali Farag
Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
11-5, 11-9 (22m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)


[1] Mostafa Asal (EGY) bye
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) 11-2, 11-6 (26m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 12-10, 11-9 (36m)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bye
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-6, 11-3 (23m)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Auguste Dussourd (FRA) 11-3, 11-8 (35m)
[3] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bt Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-7, 11-8 (24m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 11-7, 11-3 (20m)
[8] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[5] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bye
[WC] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [9/16] Grégoire Marche (FRA) 11-1, 3-0 ret. (7m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) 11-7, 12-10 (32m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bye



Coll Overcomes Makin To Win Third GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic Crown

New Zealand’s Paul Coll secured a third GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic title on Friday evening, after coming from behind to defeat Welshman Joel Makin in a high-quality final at the iconic East Wintergarden in London.

The pair had faced off against each other in the second round of the Black Ball Squash Open in Cairo just 14 days earlier. On that occasion, Makin secured a surprise victory, en route to making the semi-finals in one of the best runs of the event.

It was the Welshman who got off to a flying start in the opening game of this contest as well. His new brand of attacking squash was the key to that, and he won eight of the opening ten points of the match. Coll tried to fight back, making the rallies longer, with one of them being more than 150 seconds. However, the Welshman was able to win the opening 11-7 after a solid 20 minutes of action.

The Kiwi showed his fighting qualities in the second game, battling back to level the match at one game apiece. He did so by showing the capacity crowd the level of squash that took him to the summit of the world rankings, with his short play being at its best.

The former World No.1 continued to show his class in the third game, and with Makin starting to hit more errors, all Coll had to do was keep the ball in play at times. The Kiwi hit some great winners in the back half of the game to take control of the contest. Makin had some treatment in between games, and also called for a new ball at the start of the fourth.

The new ball extended proceedings in the fourth game, with the first six points lasting 20 minutes. It was Coll who won all six of them, and he went on to claim the victory, winning the fourth game 11-4 to claim a third victory at East Wintergarden in London.

“It's amazing, man. Last week I was struggling a bit, to be honest, mentally after, Black Ball [and the] last five months. I haven’t felt myself on court. So it was a big week for me to find myself on court and find my game that got me to [World] No.1. This week was huge for me,” Coll said.

“I owe it all to my whole team. So many people that got me going in the right direction last week. This tournament was just fully for them. Today actually, to be honest, when I woke up this morning, I thought I’m just going to do this for them. Everybody who put a lot of time in to me and made sure I was okay and picked me up [through] some dark times on tour.

“So this is one of the best feelings I've had ever, to be honest. It's a really, really cool win for me and a huge milestone. Different feeling [to winning the British Open], that are obviously pinnacles and dreams come true. This was something… a different sort of milestone in my career. It's a new thing for me.

“To find myself on court, from being [World] No.1 and dropping down. It’s a whole new process for me. I rate Joel [Makin] highly and how good he is and I could lose to him on any day of the week. It was how I lost [at Black Ball], how I was playing. It wasn't me on court. That’s what probably got me the most. It's what pissed me off the most.

“I've got three weeks now, I've planned my whole season around, these tournaments so I’ve got three weeks, go back training, going to go to Birmingham early train with my coach. I'm just going to focus on myself, continue the squash that I've played here, this mindset, this brand of squash that got me to the top and got me winning the last two British Opens

“I'll give it everything. But you know, there are some quality players playing at the moment the top five, top six, I mean, Joel’s ten in the world and look at what he's doing this week. Nothing’s going to be easy. Nothing's going to be taken for granted. I'm going to come in with a very clear head and, very confident in my abilities and how I play squash.”

Makin said: “I tried to put that match together as best I could. All credit to Paul, I came out really well, I got my tactics right and I was disrupting him but he nullified that really well in the second. He started to get into that metronomic pace he gets into. He got a better grip of that backhand side than I did, so I can’t complain.”

The PSA World Tour continues next week with more live action from London. The Optasia Championships will be held in Wimbledon from March 21-26, with all the action being streamed live on SQUASHTV.
Semi Finals

Makin And Coll Come Through Battles To Reach GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Final

Joel Makin

New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Welshman Joel Makin will meet in the final of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic after winning contrasting last four clashes against Egypt’s Ali Farag and Mostafa Asal, respectively, at the East Wintergarden in London.

In the night’s opening match, World No.11 Joel Makin took on World No.1 Mostafa Asal, and having already gotten the better of Peru’s Diego Elias and Egypt’s Tarek Momen earlier in the tournament, the Welshman came into their contest in good form and full of confidence.

The match was played in two distinct parts. The opening act saw the two players moving around each other well, in a high-paced first game. Makin was able to put his new shot-making ability to the test, and he eventually came out on top 12-10, before then moving into a 7-2 lead in the second as well.

Asal showed why he is at the summit of the world rankings, pulling the game back in his favour, and he reversed the scoreline from the first to win it 12-10. The second act started midway through that game, with play becoming scrappy and fragmented, and that suited the World No.1, who went on to take the third game comfortably.

A change of ball brought about a change of fortunes for Makin in the fourth. The quicker pace allowed the Welshman to take control, and he sent the match into a decider with an 11-3 scoreline. There was then a pause in between the fourth and fifth, with a broken ball meaning a third new ball had to be warmed up.

Asal led 8-5, but from there, the World No.1 hit a number of errors, including putting the ball in the wrong position to allow Makin to earn strokes. The Welshman won six points in a row to secure a third upset of the week, and to move through to the final in London.

“I was obviously struggling and wasn’t getting things right through the first half of the season and I've taken on some new advice and I've had to adapt and change,” Makin said.

“My body has also come through at the right time, so I feel like things have come together as I would have wanted it to even when I wasn't feeling great physically, I was still working on my squash and I was still thinking. So I felt like I spent months where my squash was getting better and my body wasn't quite there.

“Then this week it’s come together and I'm in a good place and I'm confident. I think a few people didn’t think I was at that level or didn't have the ability to adapt to that. So I certainly proved those sort of people wrong and have shown that my squash can be as good as my physicality.

“I can beat World #1, #2, #3, #4 as I've done this week and at Black Ball. So I'm in a good place. I played Tarek [Momen] in Black Ball, Tarek here, Diego [Elias] here… no issues at all, obviously, so I hope people can grasp what was causing the problems today and what the issue was.”

Paul Coll

Makin will now take on New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the final on Friday evening at East Wintergarden after the Kiwi came through a battle between two former World No.1s, beating Egypt’s Ali Farag in an incredible showing of squash to end the night’s action.

Despite still being on the return from a four-month layoff, Farag showed no signs of rustiness, and the pace was high in the opening game. The Kiwi scraped through it 11-9, with the second then proceeding to go deep into a tie-break. Both men had several game balls but it was Farag that eventually claimed a 19-17 victory after a 33-minute stanza.

Like the second game, the third and fourth also went to tie-breaks, as the quality and pace remained high throughout. The New Zealander, who is a two-time winner in Canary Wharf, was able to win the crucial points in both. He won the third game 12-10, before clinching victory after taking the fourth 13-11, to move through to another final in London.

“I mean, it's great, man. I honestly, as tough as it was physically, I just loved every minute of it,” the Kiwi said.

“My mum sent me a message saying ‘So good to have Ali [Farag] just to watch those sort of matches again.’ He's such a clean, fair player. Hopefully the whole squash world enjoyed it. I definitely did and I think he did. It's just nice to be part of a match like that for sure.

“I don’t think they [the crowd] were just behind me. I think they were behind both players, it's such a good atmosphere, some of those rallies were just insane and you could just see the crowd loving it, standing up at the end, clapping for Ali as he walked off.

“So it's just great to see the respect the crowd has for the players, both players. It's just fun to be a part of that and to play in front of such a crowd like that. I think that's why we had matches like that.

“It’s [the final] going to be tough, he's [Joel Makin] playing, I think, almost career best form for him, which is great to see him climbing the ranks again. He’s obviously taken out number 1 and 2 in the world so it's going to be a real test tomorrow, physically, going to have to back up. I'm excited for the challenge and I'm sure he’s going to have plenty of support as well. So it should be a cracking final.”

The finals of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic will take place tomorrow, on Friday, March 17. The action will start at 19:30 (GMT) and will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook,
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Quarter Finals

Makin Takes Momen Revenge To Reach GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic Semis

Wales’ World No.11 Joel Makin avenged his defeat to World No.7 Tarek Momen at last week’s Black Ball Squash Open, beating the Egyptian on Wednesday evening to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Gold level GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic in London.

Just nine days earlier, the former World Champion had come from two games down to secure victory in the last four at the Black Ball Sporting Club, but Makin made sure that there would be no repeat in their 12th meeting on Tour.

The best-of-three format helped Makin on this occasion, as he started quickly, and he was able to carry that throughout the tie. Errors from the racket of the Egyptian allowed Makin to build up a big lead in the opening game, and although he fired in some quality winners late on, the World No.11 took the first game once again.

It looked like Momen would take the contest into a deciding third game, with a run of four points in the middle of the second taking him comfortably into a lead. However, the Welshman fought back, injecting pace towards the end, and a couple of errors from Momen gave Makin the straight games victory, with the World No.11 booking his semi-final spot in London.

“Last week was ridiculously hard. The situation I was in that match, considering what had happened in that match I thought I played quite well. Physically it just hurt but this match, I went about it in a completely different way because I had… less going into my legs,” Makin said.

“You know what Tarek [Momen] is going to do, I mean you don't have to analyse the game at a high level to know he’s so dangerous through the middle, especially on that backhand mid-court area. I was having a look at a couple of stats and it looks like, 40% of his winners have come from that area on it’s own.

“I’ve played great, free flowing squash all week and it’s not gonna be like that tomorrow. So I'm going to have to take control of the middle and hit him physically where I can. If my squash is good and I'm playing physically… I've shown over the last couple of days, beating these guys all ranked above me five in a row now, basically one loss to Tarek and then [a win] today. I'm more than capable of winning these. I look forward to it!”

Makin will now face World No.1 Mostafa Asal in the last four of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic, after the Egyptian defeated France’s Baptiste Masotti in straight games in the second contest of the evening’s action.

In the bottom half of the draw, World No.4 Ali Farag continued his return from injury with a victory against good friend and old rival Mohamed ElShorbagy, with the Englishman struggling through injury.

Ali Farag

With the scores close at the end of the first game, ‘the Beast’ seemed to tweak an adductor muscle, and was seen stretching out throughout the rest of the contest. Farag would go on to win in a deciding third game, to reach a first semi-final since his four-month layoff through injury.

“Well, it was very enjoyable, as always. Last week at Black Ball, Mohamed [ElShorbagy] came with an onslaught of attacking, firing shots, quick boasts, quick kills. I was aware of it. I knew that was going to happen, but I wasn't up to pace for it,” Farag admitted.

“Maybe I haven't been playing at that pace for so long. Today, it was all about containing that. I think I did that well until the back end of the first game until this grimacing and his little injury that started happening."

Paul Coll

Farag’s semi-final opponent in London on Thursday evening will be New Zealand’s Paul Coll. They will meet in another battle between two former World No.1s after the Kiwi overcame the challenge of Egypt’s Mazen Hesham in the night’s last match.

The GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic continues on Thursday, March 16, with the semi-finals reverting back to the best-of-five format. Play starts at 18:30 (GMT), with all the action being streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook,
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Round 2 Bottom Half

ElShorbagy Downs Willstrop In High Quality Battle To Reach Canary Wharf Quarter Finals

In a battle of two former World No.1s, Mohamed ElShorbagy overcame 39-year-old James Willstrop in an exciting three-game contest to reach the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold level GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic at East Wintergarden in London.

The match was one of two between two former World No.1s, with Paul Coll and Karim Abdel Gawad also doing battle on Tuesday evening. The last match of the evening saw ElShorbagy and Willstrop go head-to-head in an enticing clash, one that delighted the home crowd in London.

After a tight first game, which the current World No.3 claimed 12-10, Willstrop then saved a match ball in the second to extend the match into a decider. ElShorbagy was able to eek out the win with an 11-8 scoreline in the third, to move through to the last eight, where he will face another former World No.1, in Ali Farag.

The GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic will continue with the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold level competition on Wednesday, March 15. Play will start at 18:00 (GMT) and all the action from East Wintergarden will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook,
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Round 2 Top Half

Makin Dumps World No.2 Elias Out Of GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic

Wales’ World No.11 Joel Makin continued his fine recent form, knocking out Peru’s World No.2 Diego Elias from the second round of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic in straight games, to book his spot in the quarter finals of the PSA World Tour Gold level competition at East Wintergarden, London.

The Welshman made the semis of the Black Ball Squash Open last week, and has continued his form into this week’s competition in London. Elias had the opportunity to go to World No.1 this week, but Makin was too good on the day, with his new attacking brand of squash proving to much for the Peruvian.

“That's the brand of squash I want to play. That's not a brand of squash I've played before or at this level, initiating attacks playing a better pace than the world's best players. So yeah, I'm in a good place. I want to keep this going. I want to win these events,” Makin said after the victory.

The second round of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic continues on Tuesday, March 14 with the bottom half of the draw. All the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook
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Round 1

Wildcard Willstrop Into Second Round As GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic Begins

Tournament wildcard James Willstrop is through to the second round of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic after defeating France’s Gregoire Marche on the opening day of the PSA World Tour Gold level event in East Wintergarden, London.

Willstrop, who has featured at this tournament in 19 of its 20 editions and is a four-time winner at East Wintergarden, took on France’s Marche in the first round. Unfortunately, the Frenchman was feeling under the weather, and was unable to play any lengthy rallies, with Willstrop running out the winner after Marche had to retire through illness.

The GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic continues on Monday, March 13, with the first four matches of the second round. Play starts at 18:00 (GMT) and all the action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.

The GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic gets underway tomorrow from London’s East Wintergarden with 24 players looking to capture the Gold event title. Round one action begins at 14:00 (GMT) on the all-glass court with 16 players looking to join the top eight seeds in round two. You can watch all the week’s play live on SQUASHTV.

The tournament will see a three-way battle for the World No.1 spot as Peru’s Diego Elias and England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy can dethrone Mostafa Asal if they win the event and the Egyptian doesn’t make the final. Elias is seeded to face Asal in the semi-finals in what could be a very important match up.

Reigning World Champion Ali Farag will be looking to rediscover his form as he comes into the event as the No.2 seed. Farag has missed a large portion of the season due to a knee injury that he sustained at the U.S Open. Farag is due to face ‘The Beast’ Mohamed ElShorbagy in the quarter finals in a repeat of the recent Black Ball Squash Open quarter final, where ElShorbagy needed just three games to claim the victory.

If Mostafa Asal is to guarantee his reign at the top of the world rankings continues, he will need to at least match his rest from last year and reach the final. The controversial Egyptian’s route through isn’t an easy one however. He is due to face France’s Victor Crouin in round two, a player who has voiced his negative opinion on the World No.1, labelling him as ‘one of the sports worst ambassadors’. Asal then hit back at the Frenchman and accused him of being ‘jealous’. The off-court drama between the two will make for a fascinating watch if Crouin is able to overcome compatriot Sebastien Bonmalais in round one.

New Zealand No.1 Paul Coll has been seen his tournament finish earlier than expected in the previous two events, losing out in the quarter finals and last 16 of the Motor City Open and the Black Ball Squash Open. He will receive a bye in round one and will then be up against either Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann or former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad. The latter returned to action last week for the first time since May 2022, but in a best-of-three format poses a very serious threat to the top seeds.

The Canary Wharf Classic is celebrating its 20th year this year. England legend James Willstrop will be the wildcard for the event, which is very fitting as he won the very first Canary Wharf Classic, beating France’s Thierry Lincou in the final.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected PSA Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.



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