Lucas Serme, left, defeated Marwan Elshorbagy, right, at the PSA Canary Wharf Classic today ©Canary Wharf Classic

Marwan Elshorbagy was knocked out in the first round of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Canary Wharf Classic in London today.

The Egyptian, who reached a PSA World Series tournament final for the first time in his career at last week's Windy City Open in Chicago, was defeated by unseeded qualifier Lucas Serme of France at London’s East Wintergarden venue.

Serme, currently ranked 46th in the world, raced into a two game lead 11-9, 11-9.

Elshorbagy defeated brother Mohamed, the world number one, in the quarter-finals in Chicago last week before being beaten in the final by France's Gregory Gaultier.

He took the third game 11-7 to offer a glimpse of hope.

However, Serme closed out the match by winning the fourth game 11-7.

In today's opening match, Borja Golan of Spain thrashed England's Declan James in just 43 minutes.

Golan, the tournament's seventh seed, took the opening game 11-1.

He continued to impose his dominance on James by taking the second game 11-4.

The Englishman did begin to impose himself on the match in the third game but it proved futile as Golan secured his place in the quarter-finals by taking the third game 12-10.

Borja Golan, left, comfortably beat Declan James, right, today ©Canary Wharf Classic
Borja Golan, left, comfortably beat Declan James, right, today ©Canary Wharf Classic

"I played really well in the first two games and made very few mistakes," said Golan.

"He played incredibly well in the third, I maybe relaxed a little.

"It’s hard to maintain that level, it was my goal but he surprised me in the third and came back and played very well.

"I try and come here every year - it’s a great tournament."

There was also a comfortable win for Egypt's Fares Dessouky, as he overcame England's Tom Richards.

Dessouky, currently ranked just outside the world's top ten in 11th, strolled to a 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 win inside a mere 40 minutes.

Compounding a miserable day for English men in London, Lyell Fuller was comfortably beaten by Mathieu Castagnet of France in this evening's final match.

Castagnet, the tournament's reigning champion, dropped just 12 points all match as he collected a comfortable 11-6, 11-1, 11-5 victory inside 35 minutes.