British pair stand in Nick's way

WORLD champion Nick Matthew admits he is still adjusting to the pace of the courts in New York.

The Sheffield player, who received the PSA 2010 Player of the Year award last Thursday, booked his place in the second round of the Tournament of Champions over the weekend, defeating Egypt's Omar Mosaad 11-5, 11-9, 11-7.

Now Matthew, the double Commonwealth gold medallist, will lock horns with close friend Alister Walker.

The 30-year-old, who reached the semi-final of the event last year, could face England teammate Peter Barker in the last eight tomorrow.

Matthew, who scooped the Sports Personality of the Year award at the South Yorkshire Sports Awards last week, said: "The court here at Grand Central is different from what I have been playing on in the last few months.

"Against Omar, I was just working on finding length and getting used to the movement on the court."

High winds cut short Matthew's bid to add to his trophy collection nine days ago. He was due to meet Egypt's Amr Shabana in the final of the Professional Squash Association's (PSA) World Series final in London.

However, heavy gales tore a hole in the revolutionary inflatable stadium's roof, prompting the Queens Club to postpone the final on health and safety grounds. In a statement, the PSA said a new date and venue for the final would be announced shortly.

"Currently, we are working through the logistics and assessing forthcoming schedules to establish the exact date for when this will take place," PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said. "The PSA is committed to delivering a fantastic finale to what has been a world-class event."

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