Sheffield’s Nick Matthew lost his AJ Bell British Grand Prix title last night, being beaten 3-1 by World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the final.
World No 2 Matthew - three times world champion - lost the opening game 11-7. But the wily 35-year-old veteran fought back in the second, mixing up his pace and variation to try and upset Elshorbagy’s rhythm, but he couldn’t convert and fell two-nil behind after a tense tie-break. The man from Alexandria, now based in Bristol, continued to force the pace in the third but in a back-and-forth game it was Matthew who managed to squeeze it and keep his hopes of completing a hat-trick of British Grand Prix victories alive but it proved to be as good as it got for the No 2 seed, as Elshorbagy pounced in the fourth game to secure the title 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6.
Matthew said: “Obviously as a competitor you want to win but being in the final was more than I expected this week.”