Peter Barker To Face Nick Matthew In Canary Wharf Classic Semi-Finals

Barker fought back from a game down to beat English rival Tom Richards 3/1 in 56 minutes to book a semi-final clash with Matthew.

Barker was runner-up to the Yorkshireman in 2011 and last year kept him on court for 94 minutes in the semi-final before Matthew went on to win his third Canary Wharf title against Willstrop.

Barker said: "There are fine lines between winning and losing at the top end of any sport. I'm eight in the world and Tom is 12 and the match was very close.

"Tom attacked strongly at the start but I didn't do anything wrong in that game. I just decided to stick to my game plan and it worked.

"I want to thank the crowd for staying right to the end. It means a lot to play in front of a full house because the atmosphere gives us a big lift.

"Nick in the semi-finals will be another massive match. I have only beaten him once so tomorrow would be a good day to do it again. I got my first win against James Willstrop on this court so why not another one tomorrow?"

PSA International 50 Canary Wharf Classic, London, England
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-3 (57m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (56m)
[3] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 (52m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (47m)

Semi-Final Line-up:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [4] Peter Barker (ENG)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) v [3] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)

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Peter Barker, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, defeated compatriot Tom Richards 8-11 11-4 11-5 11-7 at the Canary Wharf Squash Classic in London to reach the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour International 50 squash event at East Wintergarden where he will play England teammate Nick Matthew.