Nick Matthew Beats Karim Darwish To Reach Allam British Open Semi-Finals

The three-time British Open champion recaptured his hunger as he stormed through his quarter final encounter against fifth seed Karim Darwish. The Egyptian is a class act: the pair have met eleven times previously, with Matthew only one win ahead of his opponent - but, with renewed fight and passion, the second seed was relentless in his attacking. Darwish seemed under constant pressure and the Egyptian lost the first game 11-6.

The second game was much of the same with Darwish seeming to tire from the world number two's energy and precision.

The 31-year-old from Cairo mounted a comeback in the third - but there was no stopping title-holder Matthew who held his nerve to take the match 11-6, 11-2, 12-10.

A pleased Matthew told the crowd he was happy the squash was able to continue despite the weather. "We hear today about so many sport events that have been cancelled all over the country, but at least squash is able to go on. My heart goes to the people that bought tickets today and weren't able to come due to the change of circumstances, but I hope we'll be back on the glass court tomorrow.

"It took a lot of effort from a lot of people to make sure that we would be able to play, thanks very much to all of them for making it happen, and you know, there is always a little hiccup or two when somebody is trying to take the sport to the next level," explained Matthew.

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PSA World Series Allam British Open, Hull, England
Quarter-Finals:
[1] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [8] Borja Golan (ESP) 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (33m)
[3] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 9-11, 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-2 (107m)
[4] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt Tarek Momen (EGY) 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (59m)
[2] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [5] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-6, 11-2, 12-10 (40m)

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Defending champion Nick Matthew, represented by internationalSPORTgroup, defeated former World No.1 Kari Darwish from Egypt 11-6 11-2 12-10 to reach the semi-finals of the Allam British Open Squash Championships.