2018 DWT

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

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26-Jan-18:
Matthew and Willstrop set to lock horns before predicted all-Egyptian final ...

The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic could play host to the final chapter of one of squash’s most riveting rivalries in March, with England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and domestic rival James Willstrop seeded to meet in an enthralling quarter-final clash in London’s East Wintergarden.

Matthew and Willstrop have had an acrimonious relationship since a hot-tempered British Open final meeting back in 2009 and have been competing for 17 years on the PSA World Tour, with their semi-final meeting at the 2010 Canary Wharf Classic going down in the squash annals as one of the most captivating matches the sport has ever seen.

Since that momentous British Open final clash nine years ago, 37-year-old Matthew has enjoyed the lion’s share of the victories between the two, ultimately going 19 matches unbeaten against his rival - a run that spanned a decade - before Willstrop finally got the better of his fellow Yorkshireman during last year’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, although Matthew avenged that defeat with victory at the same stage of the 2018 edition of the tournament last week.

And, with six-time Canary Wharf Classic champion Matthew retiring at the end of the season, the English stalwarts could meet for the final time in East Wintergarden if they both make it past qualifiers in round one.

The winner of that meeting is seeded to play U.S. Open champion Ali Farag in the semi-finals, with Farag set to face tournament wildcard Nathan Lake in round one.

World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is on the opposite side of the draw and is predicted to meet Germany’s 2018 ToC Champion Simon Rösner in the last eight, while a semi-final fixture against younger brother Marwan - the man he beat to lift the men’s PSA World Championship trophy last month - beckons if both players play to their seeding.

The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic, which takes place between March 5-9, sees the prestigious tournament celebrate its 15th anniversary, with a $100,000 prize fund on offer for the first time in its history.

This year’s edition will also be the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format, with first round and quarter-final matches played under that format, before the semi-finals and final revert to the traditional best-of-five scoring.


2018 DRAW

SCHEDULE

The qualifying stages will be held at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club on 3rd and 4th March.

The main draw gets under way at East Wintergarden on March 5th with the final on March 9th.

WATCH

All matches from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

The semi-finals and final will be broadcast on mainstream channels around the world, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

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