Nick Matthew Seeded To Face Amr Shabana In World Championship Quarter-Finals

“We have the prospect of some massive matches,” enthuses Lee Beachill, Chief Operating Officer for the Professional Squash Association (PSA). “And Thursday could just be a fantastic night of squash.

“From the PSA point of view and from Manchester’s perspective, we would love to see Manchester Central packed for these potentially thrilling clashes.

“Ramy’s record for more than a year speaks for itself while Shabana is a four-time World Champion and such a big match player,” adds Beachill, the 2004 World Championship finalist and former World No.1.

Sixty four of the planet’s best players line-up at the National Squash Centre for the sport’s blue riband event of the year. Just eight will progress to the second phase of the tournament at Manchester Central.

“There are interesting match-ups in every round of the draw,” explains Beachill. “It really is very balanced.

“Title holder Ashour, and the winner in 2008 when Manchester last staged the PSA’s leading World Tour event, faces a testing opening tie. Opposing Ashour as he begins his quest for a third world crown, is Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema, the World No.18.

Five time British Champion one Matthew begins his quest for a hat-trick of world titles against a qualifier on October 28. Willstrop too is yet to know the identity of his first round opponent while Barker lines up against Australian Ryan Cuskelly.

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Two time World Champion Nick Matthew is seeded to meet four time champion Amr Shabana of Egypt in the quarter-finals of the $325,000 AJ Bell World Squash Championship at the iconic Manchester Central on the 31st October.