SHEFFIELD’S Nick Matthew admitted he no longer felt as though he is the world’s number one after losing to Egypt’s Ramy Ashour in the PSA World Series final in Manchester.
Several errors crept into Matthew’s game as the Egyptian claimed his 1-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 victory in 67 minutes.
A downcast Matthew, who lost to the Egyptian twice in August in the Australian Open and the World Team Championship finals admitted he’d lost his way.
“There as a crucial point in the second game where I got frustrated by a few decisions and lost my concentration for a few minutes,” said the 31-year-old.
“Then he came back like a steam train - he was just too good.”
Despite his defeat, Matthew will retain his world number one ranking. “It doesn’t feel like I’m world number one,” said the South Yorkshireman. “He’s beaten me now three times in a row. But I’ll go away and come back stronger.”
Ashour and Matthew, who have contested all four PSA World Series finals this year, lead the latest 2011 World Series Standings by a considerable margin.