Sheffield ace ‘for double gold’

Nick Matthew is seeded to win double gold in Glasgow. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Nick Matthew is seeded to win double gold in Glasgow. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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Sheffield’s three time World Squash Champion Nick Matthew is seeded to repeat his double gold success in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland starting this week.

Matthew, currently working through an intensive rehabilitation programme following minor surgery on his right knee to repair a small tear in the meniscus, won gold in the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles in Delhi in 2010 and is predicted to repeat his success with Londoner Adrian Grant in the men’s doubles and become the first man to retain his title in the men’s singles.

The singles seedings predict a repeat of the all-English men’s final between Matthew and compatriot James Willstrop, whilst the men’s doubles seedings forecast the fifth successive England/Australia climax since the sport’s Commonwealth Games debut in Malaysia in 1998.

Top seed Matthew, aged 33, will begin his Men’s Singles title defence against Xavier Koenig, a 29-year-old Mauritian making his Games debut, and is expected to meet Guernsey’s World No.23 Chris Simpson, the No.7 seed, in the quarter-finals before a predicted clash with England teammate Peter Barker, the third seed and bronze medallist in 2010, in the semi-finals.