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Diego Elias and Annie Au are top seeds in Macau

Diego Elias and Annie Au are top seeds in Macau

Strong Asian influence in two $50k events running side by side By ELLIE MAWSON Peru’s World No.9 Diego Elias has been seeded to face India’s World No.12 Saurav Ghosal in the final of the 2019 Macau Open after the main draws for the PSA World Tour Gold tournament were released. The pair will lock horns [...]

March 21, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Farag and El Welily top seeds as stars head for Eindhoven

Farag and El Welily top seeds as stars head for Eindhoven

  Stars out to deliver top performances at postal company’s new HQ By ELLIE MAWSON and ALAN THATCHER The draws for the 2019 DPD Open Squash have been announced today, with some blockbuster clashes in store at the DPD Hub in the Netherlands city of Eindhoven between April 9-14. Some 48 of the best male [...]

March 21, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Squash and the Olympics: Here’s why computer games will be miles ahead of us

Virtual sports are big business By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor When pondering why squash has been overlooked yet again for the Olympics, understanding the impact of fun activities like breakdancing and skateboarding is one thing. Accepting why eSports (computer games) are also likely to be miles ahead of squash is another. The IOC [...]

March 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Olympics setback: WSF and PSA demand answers from IOC

Olympics setback: WSF and PSA demand answers from IOC

Youth Olympics likely to be next target for squash By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor The World Squash Federation (WSF) and the Professional Squash Association (PSA) have demanded answers from the IOC following the sport’s latest Olympic setback. Squash’s latest Olympic bid was stopped in its tracks within a few days of being launched [...]

March 19, 2019 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, News 0

Superman Paul Coll claims first Canary Wharf title against a tired Tarek Momen

Superman Paul Coll claims first Canary Wharf title against a tired Tarek Momen

Kiwi Coll dedicates title to Christchurch victims By ALAN THATCHER, MATT COLES and SEAN REUTHE Paul Coll lifted the shiny new trophy after winning the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic final against Egypt’s Tarek Momen and immediately dedicated his victory to the victims and survivors of the mass shootings back home in New [...]

March 15, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Raneem El Welily wins Black Ball Open title in Cairo

Raneem El Welily wins Black Ball Open title in Cairo

Raneem wins thriller against friend and rival Nour El Sherbini By ELLIE MAWSON in Cairo Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily overcame compatriot and reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini in a five-game thriller in Cairo, Egypt, to be crowned the 2019 CIB Black Ball Squash Open champion. The Black Ball Squash Open is the [...]

March 15, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf: Tarek takes out Mo as Coll hands Castagnet a hard Brexit

Canary Wharf: Tarek takes out Mo as Coll hands Castagnet a hard Brexit

Double delight for Mr and Mrs Momen By ALAN THATCHER, MATT COLES and SEAN REUTHE at Canary Wharf Egypt’s World No.3 Tarek Momen and New Zealand’s World No.7 Paul Coll will contest the final of the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after they ended the hopes of World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Mathieu [...]

March 15, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Momen to meet Mo in Canary Wharf semi-final crunch

Momen to meet Mo in Canary Wharf semi-final crunch

Castagnet meets Coll after stunning win over Dessouky By ALAN THATCHER, MATT COLES and SEAN REUTHE at Canary Wharf Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen battled through contrasting quarter-finals in the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic to set up a repeat of last year’s final. The other semi-final will be between New Zealander Paul Coll [...]

March 14, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Mathieu Castagnet rekindles Canary Wharf memories with dramatic win over Simon Rösner

Mathieu Castagnet rekindles Canary Wharf memories with dramatic win over Simon Rösner

Makin takes it to the Max to make quarter-finals By ALAN THATCHER, SEAN REUTHE and MATT COLES   French World No.26 Mathieu Castagnet booked his place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic after he caused a stunning upset of No.2 seed Simon Rösner – and Welshman Joel Makin joined him [...]

March 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Hania El Hammamy stuns Nour El Tayeb in Cairo thriller

Hania El Hammamy stuns Nour El Tayeb in Cairo thriller

Sarah-Jane Perry bows out to Joshna Chinappa By ELLIE MAWSON in Cairo  Egypt’s World No.15 Hania El Hammamy and India’s World No.16 Joshna Chinappa both caused upsets on the second day of action at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open after they defeated World No.3 Nour El Tayeb and World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry in Cairo, [...]

March 13, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf: Dec downs Marwan as Willstrop wilts against Cuskelly

Canary Wharf: Dec downs Marwan as Willstrop wilts against Cuskelly

After win over Marwan, Declan James meets top seed Mohamed  By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor) and SEAN REUTHE (PSA) Ryan Cuskelly stepped up the pace to overpower James Willstrop in the opening match of the second round of the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic. But it was Declan James who raised the [...]

March 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf: 11 Points with Tarek Momen

Canary Wharf: 11 Points with Tarek Momen

‘I grew up watching the great legends of the game at the Pyramids’ INTERVIEW by ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Tarek Momen, runner-up at Canary Wharf last season, is back this year aiming to go one better. In this insightful interview, he talks revealingly about his amazing Egyptian rivals, his delight at another major [...]

March 11, 2019 Alan Thatcher Interviews, News 0

Sam Todd steals the show on day one at Canary Wharf

Sam Todd steals the show on day one at Canary Wharf

Willstrop leads English charge as People’s Sunday attracts full house By SEAN REUTHE at the East Wintergarden The opening day of action at the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic saw a quartet of Englishmen claim victories on ‘People’s Sunday’ at London’s East Wintergarden as James Willstrop, Tom Richards, Declan James and Daryl Selby [...]

March 10, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

Canary Wharf Countdown: Don’t be late for Sunday lunch – the starter looks tasty!

Canary Wharf Countdown: Don’t be late for Sunday lunch – the starter looks tasty!

James Willstrop launches People’s Sunday against Mazen Hesham By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor Four-times champion James Willstrop gets the 2019 Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Classic under way against flamboyant Egyptian Mazen Hesham as the tournament treads new ground with a weekend opening day on the glass court.   With qualifying competitions now a [...]

March 9, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0

World’s top stars head to Eindhoven for new DPD Open

World’s top stars head  to Eindhoven for new DPD Open

World champions Nour and Ali line up in PSA Gold event By SEAN REUTHE  The world’s greatest squash players – including world champions Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini – will line up in Eindhoven between April 9-14 as they do battle for the 2019 DPD Open, PSA World Tour Gold titles. Held at the [...]

March 7, 2019 Alan Thatcher News 0