Matthew poised for Shabana last eight test

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SHEFFIELD’S Nick Matthew has continued his strong start to the season at the US Open in Philadelphia but is set for a stern test tonight in the tournament’s quarter-finals.

Matthew, who won the British Grand Prix in Manchester last month, has seen off rising Eyptian star Omar Mosaad and fellow English player Adrian Grant in the first two rounds to reach the last eight.

He now faces former world number one Amr Shabana at Drexel University in the City of Brotherly Love for a berth in tomorrow’s semi final.

Matthew is seeded second for the event and could meet his great Yorkshire rival James Willstrop in the final.

The pair are ranked second and first in the world respectively but Matthew is usally the winner when they meet head-to-head.

Willstrop met Mohamed El Shorbagy late last night.

The tournament has gone with form so far. The top eight seeds made it through to the quarter finals with England and Egypt again dominant.

Four Egyptians, three English - Peter Barker being the other - and France’s Gregory Gaultier will fight it out for the title Matthew last won in 2007.