Squash: Matthew sets up Shabana last eight clash

Sheffield ace Nick Matthew.
Sheffield ace Nick Matthew.
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World number one Nick Matthew will take on Amr Shabana in the quarter-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York tomorrow.

Sheffield star Matthew booked his place in the last eight of the event after defeating South African Stephen Coppinger 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 yesterday.

The 33-year-old faces Shabana after the seventh seed saw off Dutchman Laurens Jans Anjema in straight games.

Matthew, the second seed, eased past fellow countryman Adrian Grant 3-0 in his first round match at the Grand Central Terminal.

Matthew, who could meet fellow Yorkshireman James Willstrop in the semi-finals, said: “I built up some momentum before Christmas but we’ve had a few weeks off so I’m approaching this like starting all over again. I’m not thinking about the rankings or anything like that and just concentrating on playing well and hopefully I can keep improving.”

In the other half of the draw, Simon Rosner survived an epic 100-minute encounter against Saurav Ghosal to set up a second round meeting with Karim Darwish today. German Rosner twice came from behind to eventually triumph 12-14, 16-14, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5 and record his first ever PSA World Tour win over Indian ace Ghosal.

“I knew it would be a really tough match,” said Rosner. “Saurav is a great player with lots of skill. Whenever we’ve played before the matches have always been very close.

“The first few games today were crazily intense and we both played some great squash. He played some unbelievable shots throughout the match so I’m just really happy to win.

“I ended 2013 on a high so hopefully I can continue to build on that now. I’ve got nothing to lose going into the next round so I’m going to enjoy it and give it my best.”

Darwish edged past Omar Mosaad in a bruising 81-minute match-up.

“It was a very tough match; he’s in the top 10 but that is just a sign of how tough squash is right now,” said Darwish.