8 PETER BARKER (England)

LOOK OUT FOR: The pace he loves to play the game at, followed by his superb movement and court craft.
Peter will be expecting lots of local support as he lives a stoneís throw from the venue in Limehouse. He was disappointed to go out early last year and I know he will want to improve on that this time round.

He started this season in superb fashion, beating David Palmer in two consecutive PSA finals, in Chicago and Baltimore. That level of performance earned him a deserved place in the world top ten and now everyone in squash is wondering how much further he can go.

Last year he did very well and he knows that this year he needs to push on to get better. His movement is very good and physically he is improving all the time. He is now looking to challenge the top eight in the world but is struggling to do so consistently. However, his recent win the Kuala Lumpur Open in Malaysia will give his confidence a major boost leading up to Canary Wharf. He beat fellow Londoner and left-hander Adrian Grant in straight games to win the title, which brought him 13 victories in 18 Tour finals.

Itís a strong draw this week and Peter will not shirk away from the task in front of him. He loves playing the top guys and has already recorded a superb victory over Amr Shabana.

As a fellow left-hander, I know how much that can count in your favour as the right-handed players have to adjust their game to counter yours.
FACT FILE:

Current world ranking: 10
Highest: 9

Born: September 26, 1983 (Harold Wood, Essex)

MAIN TITLES: 13 PSA titles from 18 finals, including the Windy City Open (Chicago), Baltimore Open, Saskatoon Open, Colombian Open, Kuala Lumpur Open.
 
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