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11th April 2005
Mighty Matthew retains his ISS Canary Wharf Classic title
Matthew keeping Barker at bay in the Final

 

Mighty Matthew retains his ISS Canary Wharf Classic title

 

World Champion Nick Matthew retained his ISS Canary Wharf Classic title, overcoming a fierce challenge from No.4 seed Peter Barker in the final. In front of a capacity house at the East Wintergarden, Matthew, the 30-year-old world No.1 from Sheffield, fought back after losing the opening game to win 5-11 11-4 11-1 11-3 and collect his 20th Tour title. To see the full match report visit www.squash.me.uk/canarywharf/blog.htm 

 

Matthew said: “Peter started very well and it took me a while to get into the match and start moving properly.  But I was pleased with the way I played and I hope the crowd enjoyed the match, despite me beating the home favourite.”

 

Runner-up Barker said: “I started well but Nick showed what a great player he is by the way he came back.  Overall I have to be happy with the whole week and I need to start reaching more finals like this.”

 

The tournament also saw the trial of a new Video Replay system organised by the PSA. It enabled players to direct an appeal to a TV judge, who was able to study replays of any controversial incident before making a decision that flashed up on the huge screen above the front wall of the glass court.

 

Matthew was impressed: “I think it worked well. There were one or two tweaks by the end of the week and allowing one appeal per game, plus one in the tiebreak, was the right amount. It cut the arguments between players and referees and helped the crowd to get involved in the whole process. “

 

It proved to be another hugely successful tournament for the Canary Wharf Classic in its 8th year. Tickets sold out fast and there were was some truly world class squash on display. Matthew reversed the British Nationals Final results, gaining revenge over Daryl Selby in an enthralling quarter-final encounter. Peter Barker scored his first ever victory over James Willstrop in the semi final. It had been a long time coming, considering their first match was back in 1993 in the Under 12’s! 

 

Squash also proved to be a hit on the Wii, with some of the top players taking on the public in the shopping mall.www.squash.me.uk/canarywharf/wii2011.htm 

 

Next year is going to be huge for sport in London and the ISS Canary Wharf Classic will be back, bigger and better than ever. 

 

You can still visit the recently launched www.PeterNicolSquash.com for the latest deals. 

 

Final:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Peter Barker (ENG) 5-11, 11-4, 11-1, 11-3 (58m)

 

Semi-finals:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 8-11, 11-5 ret. (31m)

[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [2] James Willstrop (ENG) 14-16, 11-1, 11-7, 11-8 (77m)

 

Quarter-finals:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-1, 12-10, 7-11, 11-5 (71m)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Simon Rosner (GER) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (52m)

[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Stewart Boswell (AUS) 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 17-15 (88m)

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Joey Barrington (ENG) 13-11, 11-5, 14-12 (44m)

 

1st round:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 (47m)

Daryl Selby (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-13, 11-9, 11-7, 14-16, 11-9 (97m)

Simon Rosner (GER) bt Chris Ryder (ENG) 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-4 (53m)

[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (42m)

[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (74m)

Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (22m)

Joey Barrington (ENG) bt [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-7, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4 (68m)

[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt [Q] Charles Sharpes (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 11-5 (26m)