Squash: Matthew set for Games opener

England flag bearer Nick Matthew stands in George Square after the Flag bearer announcement at England House, Glasgow.
England flag bearer Nick Matthew stands in George Square after the Flag bearer announcement at England House, Glasgow.
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Top seed Nick Matthew begins the defence of his men’s singles title at the Commonwealth Games today.

The Sheffield star, a three-time world champion, will pick up his 100th England cap when he locks horns with Games debutant Xavier Koenig.

It was just over four weeks ago Matthew, who carried the England flag at the Games opening ceremony at Glasgow’s Celtic Park last night, underwent minor knee surgery.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind few weeks trying to get ready,” he said. “It’s been a race against time.”

The singles seedings predict a repeat of the all-English men’s final between Matthew and compatriot James Willstrop,

Matthew, who celebrates his 34th birthday tomorrow, takes on Koenig, a 29-year-old Mauritian, and is expected to meet Guernsey’s Chris Simpson, the No 7 seed, in the last eight before a predicted clash with England teammate Peter Barker, the third seed and bronze medallist in 2010, in the semi-finals.