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• Canary Wharf Squash Classic • 7th to 11th March 2016 • London •  

 TODAY at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic 2016

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Fri 11
th Mar, Day SEVEN, Grand Finals Day:

Grand Final:

[3] Mathieu Castagnet (Fra) 3-1  [1] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
              6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (82m)

Castagnet is the 13th CW Champion
Alan Thatcher reports

French number three seed Mathieu Castagnet capped a brilliant week in London by beating the top seed Omar Mosaad to win the Canary Wharf Squash Classic final.

Before a packed crowd in the stunning East Wintergarden venue, both players served up a superb display of high-quality squash.

In each round the 5ft 10in tall Castagnet overcame giant opponents, Joe Lee (6ft 3in), James Willstrop (6ft 4in), Cameron Pilley (6ft 3in) and finally blunting the blows of Mosaad (6ft 4in).

It was Castagnet who walked tall after a dynamic performance in which he recovered from losing the first game and dominated long spells of the match.

For Mosaad, it was his 12th match in less than three weeks, having finished runner-up in Colombia and reaching the semi-finals in Chicago.

Understandably, he occasionally looked a little tired but still summoned up the enormous power which has earned him the nickname of The Hammer Of Thor. Castagnet had one simple game plan: to keep getting back as many balls as possible.

In several rallies, Mosaad fired in a succession of attempted kill shots only to find Castagnet returning his efforts with interest. He is more, much more, than a simple runner and retriever.

He has improved his quality in all areas of the court and his counter-drops often caused Mosaad problems.

Castagnet began brightly and raced into a 6-2 lead only for Mosaad to win nine points in a row to win the game.

The 29-year-old Frenchman quickly regrouped and built a 6-1 lead in the second. This time he withstood all that Mosaad could throw at him and drew level at one game all.

The crucial third game was even all the way but Castagnet won four points in a row from 8-7 down to strike a major psychological blow to the 27-year-old Egyptian.

Mossad led 4-3 in the fourth game but Castagnet broke his spirit with a massive run of six consecutive points. After a flurry of exchanges, Mosaad claimed one more point but the outcome was decided on two penalty strokes, finishing with a tired shot down the middle of the court.

A delighted Castagnet followed French legend Thierry Lincou to have his name on the Canary Wharf trophy. It was a milestone performance in a career that clearly promises so much more.

That feels GREAT!

Like Joey Barrington would say, I can't believe it, I can’t believe it!!! To put my name on the trophy with players like Thierry, James, Nick - best players in the World, is a great pleasure for me. The crowd here have been amazing all week and I really enjoyed playing here…

We made a deal actually with Omar.. I told him, you won Chicago, so you let me win in Canary Wharf… NOT!!!

I really want to point out how grateful I am to Steve Richardson, the Irish player, who care at the start of the match and asked me if I wanted to be coached. And he truly helped me finding tactics especially after losing the first game 11/6 when I was 6/2 up!

I got worried in the 2nd, when I was up 6/1 and he started stringing the points again. I was relieved to stop his flow 7/4!!

I was very relaxed today, you just can’t start discussing with the Ref, and Omar, and yourself.. you need to keep your energy on playing the ball.

I want to thank Tim Garner and his team, the organisers who made the tournament - it has been great pleasure.

Media previewI want to thank Omar, we had a great battle in Chicago a few weeks ago and today we played tough a game - he won 3-1 last time and today it was my turn to win 3-1. Maybe what made the difference today, is that I had the chance to go back home, to my place, to my girlfriend…

I want to thank of course my mum and dad who were watching the match, my girlfriend Laura Pomportes, my staff, Renan Lavigne my coach, Arnaud, Philippe, all the people that work very hard to keep me fit on court, the FFSquash, the CREPS Aix where I train all year long, and of course my sponsors.

Although it’s “only” a 70K, it’s not a World Series, I had to beat James, I had to beat Omar, top 4, so it felt like a World Series, and for me, it’s a huge achievement. You’ve got to realise that I was not that gifted as a player. I just worked hard, all my life. I always quote Nadal who states “I’m somebody who just worked”, well for me, wining such a tournament is just extraordinary. It proves that work pays off…



I have played three tournaments in a row, it was tough on the body, but I’m really happy with reaching the final of two out of three.
I knew the match would be hard, Mathieu is a tough competitor. And in the first game, I was down 6/2, but I just got more confident, and went for my shots, just kept pushing, I was in the zone really.

In the third, I was leading 8/7 only just, went for a silly shot, was penalised with a stroke, and he takes the game 11/8.

After losing that 3rd, I got more positive, and told myself come on, you were down 2/0 last night, and you won 3/2, so keep pushing. But the legs weren’t responding… I was already tired on the first match of the tournament!!! And that’s what I’m the most proud about, the fact I kept pushing so hard this week, both mentally and physically.

Still, you get a lot of match experience, you learn to adapt to different situations, you find new game plans, and you get to dig in and realise you’ve got resources you didn’t know you had.

I truly enjoyed playing in front of the Canary Wharf crowd, and I hope I’ll be back next year… But for now, I am going to take some recovery time, I think I need more rest than training before the British Open in 10 days…

Photos by SquashPics.com - more in the Gallery

Earlier Rounds :

Semi-Finals - Mosaad and Castagnet survive Marathons


Quarter-Finals - full reports


11 Points with


Round One (B)


Round One (T)

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