2018 DWT

• Canary Wharf Squash Classic • 5th to 9th March 2018 • London •  


 TODAY at the Canary Wharf Classic 2018
  Daily roundups from the 15th edition of the Classic ...
Sun 4th Mar, Day TWO:
Best of Three Qualifying at Wimbledon

04-Mar, Qualifying Finals:

[5] Greg Lobban (Sco) 2-0 [1] Declan James (Eng)
            11-9, 11-3 (27m)                  plays Willstrop

[4] Grégoire Marche (Fra) 2-0 Chris Simpson (Eng)
            11-9, 13-11 (41m)                 plays Momen

[3] Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 2-0 [8] Tom Richards (Eng)
            14-12, 11-6 (31m)                 plays Rosner

[6] Mazen Hesham (Egy) 2-0 Ben Coleman (Eng)
            14-12, 11-4 (27m)        plays MoElShorbagy

Qualifying Finals: English bow out

There was no joy for any of the four English players in today's qualifying finals at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness, as the last four places in the $100k main draw - and matches on the glass court at the East Wintergarden venue - were claimed.

The day started with a big upset as Scotland's Greg Lobban beat top seed Declan James in straight games while the other three matches all went to seeding.

Match reports on the CWC BLOG


Sat 3rd Mar, Day ONE
Best of Three Qualifying at Wimbledon

Coleman conquers 2016 Champ Castagnet
Alan Thatcher reports, photos by Patrick Lauson

Today Best of Three was introduced to a PSA World Tour knockout event for the first time as 16 players began to battle for the four available places in the main draw of the Canary Wharf Classic.

Top qualifying seed Declan James, from Nottingham, took just 29 minutes to beat Charlie Lee in straight games but Greg Lobban and Egypt’s Youssef Soliman were on court for almost an hour before the Scotsman prevailed.

The 24-year-old James, who has been selected to play for England in next month’s Commonwealth Games, said:

The best-of-three format makes the squash very intense. You have to focus on every point and can’t ease up for a moment. Hopefully that makes it more interesting for the spectators.

"Playing in the qualifiers, it certainly helps if you have two massive matches to get through before reaching the main draw, so it’s important to have a bit of energy left in the tank.”

On the adjacent court, the score seesawed dramatically in the opening two games.

Lobban led 10-3 in the first before Soliman produced a phenomenal comeback to win it 12-10. In the second, Soliman led 6-2 but then surrendered eight points in a row as Lobban hit back to take the game 11-7 before closing out the match 11-6 in the third in 54 minutes.

Qualifying fourth seed Grégoire Marche beat Welsh number one Joel Makin in a volatile encounter lasting 54 minutes.

Some absorbing, tactical squash was punctuated by the Frenchman’s frequent discussions with the referee before he clinched his qualifying final appointment tomorrow with Simpson, winning 11-7, 8-11, 11-7.

Tom Richards enjoyed the shorter format, taking just 21 minutes to overcome Ireland’s Sean Conroy 11-5, 11-5.

Swiss number two qualifying seed Nicolas Mueller was detained much longer before nullifying the threat of home favourite Lyell Fuller. He earned the biggest cheer of the day when he won the second game but Muller stepped up the pace to win the third 11-2.

Mazen Hesham served up a nick-fest with Josh Masters adding a few of his own as the Egyptian won 11-5, 11-6, also taking 21 minutes. With some outrageous winners from the Black Falcon, the crowd definitely wanted this one to go on much longer.

The final match to finish served up the biggest shock of the day as England’s Ben Coleman beat the 2016 Canary Wharf champion Mathieu Castagnet 14-12, 5-11, 11-9 in 68 minutes, the longest match of the day.

REPORT: Coleman conquers 2016 Champ Castagnet

Tournament Director Tim Garner was pleased with the new scoring system. Midway through the opening day schedule, he said:

“This has delivered everything we hoped it would. The sell-out crowd is watching some really exciting, entertaining squash and the format gives the winners the opportunity to put in a really good performance again tomorrow without being too physically drained.”