Qualifying at Wimbledon - First Round
15.00 Alan Clyne (Sco) v Joel Hinds (Eng)
15.00 Jonathan Kemp (Eng) v Robbie Temple (Eng)
15.45 Grégoire Marche (Fra) v Chris Ryder (Eng)
15.45 Adrian Waller (Eng) v Tim Garner (Eng)
17.30 Marwan El Shorbagy (Egy) v Shaun Le Roux (Rsa)
17.30 Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) v Olivier Pett (Eng)
18.15 Joe Lee (Eng) v Eddie Charlton (Eng)
18.15 Henrik Mustonen (Fin) v Kristian Frost (Den)
EGYPTIAN ACE AIMS TO HALT HOME RULE
Alan Thatcher reports
squash star Mohamed El Shorbagy is aiming to halt a long
line of domestic dominance in the Canary Wharf Classic in March.
The 22-year-old world No.6 is seeded third behind England’s
Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, who each boast
three Canary Wharf title wins.
El Shorbagy’s powerful style has produced a phenomenal rise up
the senior rankings. He beat Willstrop in the semi-finals of the
World Championship in Qatar in December, triumphing 11-8 in the
deciding fifth game after a brutal battle lasting 112 minutes.
The hard-hitting Egyptian then took compatriot Ramy Ashour the
full distance before losing the final 11-8 in the fifth after
another physical encounter spanning 90 minutes.
El Shorbagy combines life on the PSA World Tour with his studies
in Bristol, where he is coached by Hadrian Stiff.
earlier promise had been honed by the legendary figure of Jonah
Barrington, head coach at the Millfield Squash Academy in
Somerset, from which launchpad El Shorbagy progressed to win two
World Junior Championships.
Reigning Canary Wharf champion Matthew will be relieved to see
that El Shorbagy is in the same half of the draw as Willstrop as
London’s premier squash tournament takes place from March 18-22.
Tickets for the final three days have already sold out as squash
fans look forward to another week of high-quality entertainment
at the superb East Wintergarden venue in this long-established
PSA International 50 event.
El Shorbagy lost 3-1 to Willstrop in last year’s Canary Wharf
semi-finals, but will clearly be returning to London brimful of
confidence and aiming to collect his first title.
however, knows he faces a difficult time in the first round as
he lines up against Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
The South American, who is making his debut appearance in the
tournament, is one of the most athletic players on the tour,
renowned for his amazing retrieving from all corners of the
Matthew will not need reminding that he came close to losing to
the 5ft 7in Colombian in a major event last year, taking 92
minutes to shake off his rival in the first round of the North
The first round draw has thrown up a number of colourful
clashes, with No.2 seed Willstrop facing wild card Charles
Sharpes in a repeat of last year’s event when the 21-year-old
Surrey player won through to the main draw after two superb wins
in the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon.
England’s Daryl Selby meets tall German Simon Rosner in what
could easily be the most closely-fought battle in the first
Another tough clash features former England international
Alister Walker, who now represents Botswana, and South African
No.1 Steve Coppinger, who has recently burst into the world top
20 after training with Australia’s former world champion David
Palmer, the 2009 Canary Wharf champion.
El Shorbagy meets a qualifier in the first round, as do No.4
seed Peter Barker and Londoners Adrian Grant and Tom Richards,
who make up a solid English contingent hoping for success on
(bottom half on Monday, top
(1) Nick Matthew (England) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Colombia)
Alister Walker (Botswana) v Steve Coppinger (South Africa)
Tom Richards (England) v Qualifier
(4) Peter Barker (England) v Qualifier
(3) Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egypt) v Qualifier
Adrian Grant (England) v Qualifier
Daryl Selby (England) v Simon Rosner (Germany)
(2) James Willstrop (England) v Charles Sharpes (England)
Full draw with timings