Sheffield’s former World No 1 Nick Matthew has won his eighth British Squash title.
In a record ninth final, Matthew beat James Willstrop 3-1 (11-2, 6-11, 11-3, 11-3) as the pair met in their fifth final.
The top seed was dominant in the first game, putting Willstrop under relentless pressure as he took the lead.
Willstrop fought back well from 2-4 in the second to level the match, but was under the cosh once more in the final two games as Matthew regained control.
At 9-2 in the fourth there was a particularly brutal rally which Willstrop somehow managed to win, to his own and the crowd’s delight, but it was only a short stay of execution.
“It’s always tough to break James down,” said Matthew, “but the court was a bit deader than in previous days and he was maybe feeling yesterday’s five-setter by the end. I ‘went to Coventry’ in the second but managed to get back on track.
“The Nationals is a great event, always improving with new things coming along like the U21s and two glass courts, and it’s unbelievable and an absolute honour to have won it eight times.”
World No 1 Laura Massaro justified her top seeded with a comprehensive straight-game win over Alison Waters in the women’s final.
* World No 1 Laura Massaro justified her top seeded with a comprehensive straight-game win over Alison Waters in the women’s final.