Nick Matthew Beats Stephen Coppinger To Reach Canary Wharf Semi-

Coppinger, like Matthew's opponent in the previous round, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, is coached by Australia's former world champion David Palmer.

Matthew said: "David has got together a good group of players and they can benefit from the fact that he has only just retired and knows all of the current players. He is therefore able to pass on some significant information to his players about their opponents.

"Steve played very well tonight and in the third game it just shows that you can never ease up. I was getting close to a 3/0 win but he came back strongly to win it.

Matthew will play Peter Barker in today’s semi-finals after his English teammate fought back from a game down to beat English rival Tom Richards 3/1 in 56 minutes.

PSA International 50 Canary Wharf Classic, London, England
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Stephen Coppinger (RSA) 11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 11-3 (57m)
[4] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (56m)
[3] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) bt [Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9 (52m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (47m)

Semi-Final Line-up:

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [4] Peter Barker (ENG)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) v [3] Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY)

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Nick Matthew defeated South African Stephen Coppinger 11-6 11-4 10-12 11-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic in London. The defending champion produced a polished performance against the new world No20 who did well to hit back from 8-4 down to win the third game 12-10, with one amazing shot off his toes to take him to game ball, but Matthew reasserted his authority in the fourth, reaching 10-1 before Coppinger claimed two points to make the scoreline more respectable.