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Nick Matthew's World Title Defence Continues Into 3rd Round


Defending champion Nick Matthew recovered from a game down to beat Australian Zac Alexander 8-11 11-5 11-5 11-5 and earn a place in the last 16 of the Qatar PSA World Squash Championship.


Bidding to become the first player since Pakistan legend Jansher Khan to win the world title three times in a row, Matthew now meets Egypt's Tarek Momen, the 13th seed from Cairo who despatched Australian Ryan Cuskelly 11-6 11-8 11-6.

Matthew joins fellow internationalSPORTgroup players Peter Barker and Alister Walker in the last 16 – Alister Walker defeated Shaun le Roux of South Africa 11-9 11-6 11-5 to face 4 time champion Amr Shabana, whilst Peter Barker will play faces Borja Golan of Spain.

Qatar PSA World Championship, Doha, Qatar
2nd Round (lower half of draw):
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (50m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt [9] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (71m)
[10] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Max Lee (HKG) 11-9, 11-5, 11-4 (30m)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9 (30m)
[7] Amr Shabana (EGY) bt [Q] Joe Lee (ENG) 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (31m)
[12] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [Q] Shaun le Roux (RSA) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
[13] Tarek Momen (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (37m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Zac Alexander (AUS) 8-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (48m)

3rd Round Line-up:

[1] James Willstrop (ENG) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v [15] Borja Golan (ESP)
[8] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) v [16] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[4] Karim Darwish (EGY) v [11] Daryl Selby (ENG)
[3] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Chris Simpson (ENG)
[5] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [10] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[7] Amr Shabana (EGY) v [12] Alister Walker (BOT)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [13] Tarek Momen (EGY)

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