Nick surprised at return to No 1

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NICK Matthew has admitted he was surprised to return to the top of the world rankings so soon after injury.

Matthew, who won the British National title for the fourth time at the weekend, overtook fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop - the man he beat in the final - to resume his reign as the world’s best squash player.

But the 31-year-old from Sheffield said he didn’t think he’d return to the summit of the sport as quickly as he has: “I’m surprised that it has happened already.

“James won three tournaments in row, which takes some doing, while I was out injured so I didn’t expect it.”

The former High Storrs pupil has now set his sights on winning the British Open later in the season - a championship he last won in 2009.

He said: “My aim is to peak for each tournament with the British Open in May being the big one.

“However, It’s not an exact science no matter how hard you try to get ready for each event.”

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