Nick Matthew Through To Hong Kong Semi-Final-Finals Following Amr Shabana Withdrawal

Shabana added: “At 10-all in the second game yesterday I lost my footing when going for a deep crosscourt, resulting in a half full dive on my left side. I brushed it off in the heat of the match, but as my body was cooling down later I found breathing difficult, and today it was a struggle to practice because of a bruise on my left ribcage. The timing of it left me to choose to rest it and not to play as I want to give myself a good chance for the worlds, the world series and the rest of the season instead of aggravating it or lengthening the period of injury.”
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Nick Matthew, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, has progressed to the semi-finals of the PSA World Series Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open following the withdrawal of former champion Amr Shabana.
“I’m gutted for Shabana that he had to withdraw injured today, it's never a nice way to win and I wish him a speedy recovery for the World's next week in Qatar,” said Matthew.
“This will be my first time playing on the Harbour front so I'm praying that the rain stays away so we can get uninterrupted play and really impress the watching IOC!”