James Willstrop bows out of Canary Wharf Classic

James Wiillstrop was denied a semi-final place in the 2018 Canary Wharf Squash Classic by fourth seed Tarek Momen who defeated the Englishman 11-5 9-11 11-7.

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) M100 World Tour event will be assured of its first ever Egyptian winner after a quartet of Egyptian players, led by World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, progressed to the semi-finals.

The quarter-finals featured the end of the best-of-three games scoring format being trialled at this tournament.

Tarek Momen had to be at his very best to overcome a tenacious display from four-time Canary Wharf Classic Champion Willstrop, winning a high-quality encounter 11-5 9-11 11-7 in 46-minutes.

“I have a lot of respect for James, I’ve played him many times and he used to beat me easily,” said Momen.

“I’m just happy that I’m at a level now where I’m competing with him and it’s unbelievable. He’s a great fighter and has such good racket skills and he kept pushing until the end."

The semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic begin at 18:30 GMT and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and a number of mainstream broadcast channels around the world including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

A challenge match to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day will also be staged at East Wintergarden before the final, with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters going head-to-head in the Rackets Cubed Cup at 17:15, with the action to be shown on SQUASHTV.

Results - Quarter-Finals: 2018 Canary Wharf Classic
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [5] Simon Rösner (GER) 2-0: 11-9, 11-4 (28m)
[3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Daryl Selby (ENG) 2-1: 11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt [6] James Willstrop (ENG) 2-1: 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (46m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) bt [7] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 2-1: 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (47m)

Draw - Semi-Finals: To Be Played March 8
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)

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