Matthew to meet Cuskelly
in Canary Wharf Classic opener
Major upsets could be on the cards from the very first day of
the 2017 Canary Wharf Classic after the draw for the PSA $70k
tournament - which will mark its 14th edition this year at the
stunning East Wintergarden venue from 6th to 10th March - was
time tournament winner Nick Matthew, the top seed, will
be up against it as he takes on in-form Australian Ryan
Cuskelly in a block-buster opener.
Cuskelly triumphed at the Motor City Open in Detroit this week
to lift the biggest title of his career to date and will fly to
London full of confidence to compete against Matthew on a day
that will also see 2015 runner-up Simon Rösner, number
four seed, face the dangerous Paul Coll.
New Zealander Coll, who broke through into the world's top 20
this year, has been in a rich vein of form winning the Channel
VAS Open at Weybridge in December and reaching his first World
Series quarter-final in New York in January, and will prove a
huge threat to Rösner's hopes of a run deep into the event.
The bottom half of the draw also pits 2016 runner-up Omar
Mosaad and 2008 runner-up Cameron Pilley together in
a battle of the Tour's hardest hitting players in what promises
to be a raucous encounter.
battle could see Canary Wharf fans witness the world record for
the hardest ever shot - currently held by Pilley at 178mph -
broken on the glass court at the East Wintergarden while
reigning Canary Wharf champion Mathieu Castagnet faces
England’s wild card Lyell Fuller in the first round.
Number two seed Marwan ElShorbagy, fellow Egyptian
Fares Dessouky, English stalwart Daryl Selby and
Spaniard Borja Golan have all been drawn to face
qualifiers in the first round.
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