Matthew cruises into World semis

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Nick Matthew is one step closer to defending his World Open title after he beat Egypt’s Amr Shabana 11-3 12-10 11-7 in Doha last night.

The two players hold seven world titles between them - Shabana has four and Matthew has three - but it was the latter who cruised into the semi-finals with a dominant display in three quick-fire sets.

If the Sheffield ace goes on to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five years, the 34-year-old will be the oldest champion in the history of the tournament.

To do so, he will have to come through a tough match in the last four where he faces Egypt’s 23-year-old world number one Mohamed El Shorbagy.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Matthew faced El Shorbagy in an exhibition match at a recent event at his home club, Sheffield and Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club.

In the other semi-final top-seed Gregory Gaultier from France takes on Egypt’s two-time former champion Ramy Ashour.