Squash: World No 4 eager to hit top form at worlds

England's Nick Matthew in action against Zahed Mohamed in his first round victory at the worlds
England's Nick Matthew in action against Zahed Mohamed in his first round victory at the worlds
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Fourth seed Nick Matthew knows he must play better if he is to reclaim the biggest prize in squash.

The Sheffield ace cruised into the third round of the World Championship after brushing aside Hong Kong’s Max Lee 11-7 11-6 11-6 in Manchester yesterday. The 33-year-old said he was relieved to see off a “gutsy and tricky opponent”.

“Early rounds are not always easy, sometimes you feel that you’re not fully there and that was one of those today,” said the world number four. “You know you’re not always going to play well six days in a row, but sometimes you just need to get the job done.

“If I want to win I’ll have to play a bit better, especially when the calibre gets a bit better, but that’s the way you want it really.”

Matthew next faces eleventh seed Omar Mosaad at 1pm today, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.

“He [Mosaad] isn’t afraid of anyone,” he said. “I will have to raise my game.”

Matthew could face four-time world champion Amr Shabana in the last eight.