How Nick Matthew Made It To World No.1

Matthew, who is 30 in July, started January 2009 as World No.12 after returning from a shoulder injury and eight months out of the game.

Since then he has played 17 tour events, reaching 13 tour finals and winning eight. After lifting last week's Sky Open he took his unbeaten run to 28 matches.
Ashour, the 22 year-old Egyptian and former World Open champion, has played 16 tour events since January 2009, winning six.
Below is Nick’s record from the start of 2009:
January: Tournament of Champions, Runner up
February: Swedish Open, Winner, American Open, Runner up
March: Canary Wharf Classic, 1st round
August: Malaysian Open, Runner-up
September: British Open, Winner, Sky Open, 2nd round
November: World Open, Quarter Finals, Qatar Classic, Winner
December: PSA Masters, Runner up, Saudi International, Runner up  
January: Tournament of Champions, Semi-finals
February: Swedish Open, Winner, North American Open, Winner
March: Canary Wharf Classic, Winner
May: Sky Open, Winner
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Read how Nick Matthew came back from injury in 2008 to become only the second Englishman to reach World No.1 after Lee Beachill, his fellow Yorkshireman, in 2004.