Squash: Matthew aiming for Hong Kong semis

Nick Matthew world squash champion 2013. Pic: Squashpics.com

Nick Matthew world squash champion 2013. Pic: Squashpics.com

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Sheffield’s Nick Matthew is aiming to set up a meeting with the man he beat to the World Championship title last month with another victory today at the Hong Kong Open.

A win for 33-year-old Matthew over Egypt’s Amr Shabana in the quarter-finals would see him probably play France’s Greg Gaultier who takes on Tarek Momen.

Matthew beat Gaultier in the World Championships to win his third world title in November.

Yesterday Matthew lost the first game against India’s Saurav Ghosal but eventually came through 3-1 (3-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8).

It followed a first round victory over England’s Daryl Selby 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 13-11).

All of the top eight seeds have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open, which is the last Professional Squash Association World Series tournament of 2013.

The other ties are Ramy Ashour v Borja Golan and Mohamed Elshorbagy v James Willstrop.

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