HE may have been given a less than enjoyable run around in his last-16 men’s doubles squash clash but Sheffield’s Nick Matthew insists the extra competition will do him the world of good.
Matthew, with the singles title at the Commonwealth Games already sewn up, and his partner Adrian Grant had being enjoying a serene start to their doubles campaign with sets victories in their pool games. However Jamaica’s Chris Binnie and Bruce Burrowes provided a ar different proposition in the last 16.
The English pair eventually prevailed 11-6, 11-5, but reigning men’s doubles champion Matthew admitted it had been far from straightforward.
“The ball was shooting everywhere and it took us a while to get control of that and our emotions because we were getting a bit frustrated; we’ve been quite comfortable up until now,” said Matthew. “We’ve not had to extend ourselves fully – i so this wasn’t what we expected but it’s what we needed.
“My eyes are popping out of my head now with the adrenaline. It was almost as if we came off as the bad guys.”
Meanwhile Kelly Sibley, who trains at Sheffield’s EIS, admitted her nerves were tested as she and Danny Reed held on to make today’s table tennis mixed doubles semi-finals. Sibley and Reed had raced into a 2-0 lead against their Indian quarter-final opponents yesterday before being pegged back to two sets all.However they came through 11-4 in the decisive set with Sharath Kamal Achanta and Shamini Kumaresan to set up an all-England semi-final against Paul and Joanna Drinkhall.
Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho also progressed in the other half of the draw, meaning an English lock-out of the medals is a possibility.
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