Squash: Shabana is next for Nick

Nick Matthew in action against France's Greg Gaultier in the final of the World Squash Open in Manchester. Pic: squashpics.com
Nick Matthew in action against France's Greg Gaultier in the final of the World Squash Open in Manchester. Pic: squashpics.com
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Sheffield’s Nick Matthew will meet Egypt’s Amr Shabana in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Classic in Doha today after beating Columbia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez yesterday.

World champion Matthew maintained his recent good form with a straight games victory over Rodriguez 11/6, 11/7, 13/11 in 54 minutes.

Shabana booked his place in the last eight with a 3-0 (11-3, 11-4, 11-5) win against South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger.

Matthew overcame Shabana at the same stage en route to his third world title earlier this month. Top seed Greg Gaultier of France, who Matthew beat in the World Championship final, is also through the quarter finals. The pair would meet in the semi-finals if both win their next match.