NICK Matthew, the double Commonwealth Games gold medallist, is refusing to underestimate the threat posed by Amr Shabana ahead of their semi-final encounter at the British Grand Prix this afternoon.
The Sheffield squash ace, ranked number one in the world standings, is under no illusions he will have to raise his level to secure his 10th career victory over Shabana and book his place in the final of the largest tournament in Europe.
Egypt’s Shabana, a four-time world champion, cruised past Matthew’s England team-mate Adrian Grant in straight games on Thursday to set up the eagerly anticipated duel.
“He (Shabana) is as dangerous and as clever as they come in the game,” Matthew told The Star. “He is the type of guy who you can be on top of and then he will hit four winners in a row and he’s won the game.
“Amr is very experienced and skilful but I am the last British hope in the event so I am looking forward to the challenge and hopefully putting on a good show.”
The final takes place at the National Squash Centre in Manchester tomorrow.