Sheffield’s Nick Matthew aiming for a place in last eight

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SHEFFIELD’S Nick Matthew will take on South African Stephen Coppinger for a place in the last eight of the Hong Kong Open today.

World No2 Matthew cruised through his opening round match against Simon Rosner 3-0 (12-10 12-10 11-6) yesterday after eventually breaking the German’s resistance following two tough games.

World No24 Coppinger, who was born in Dublin, but now lives in Cape Town was a surprise winner of his first round tie against Egyptian Omar Mosaad 3-1.

It is a crucial part of the season for 32-year-old Matthew who is hoping to win his first Hong Kong title and then defend his World Championship crown in Qatar from December 7-14.

The Hong Kong tournament has a prize fund of $150,000 while the winner of the world title takes a large share of the total pot of cash of $325,000.

Matthew was runner-up in Hong Kong in 2004.