Squash: Matthew happy after routine Open win

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Second seed Nick Matthew booked his place in the second round of the Hong Kong Open after a comfortable victory over Marwan Elshorbagy.

The three-time world champion brushed aside the Egyptian, winning 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 in 38 minutes.

It was the Sheffielder’s first outing since he suffered a shock defeat to Omar Mosaad in the quarter-finals of the World Championships earlier this month.

On his performance against Elshorbagy, Matthew said: “I played really well for two games; the third was always going to be tougher so glad I made it in 3.”

Matthew has fallen to number three in the world rankings behind Mohamed Elshorbagy and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, who lifted the world crown in Bellevue, Washington. Mosaad has leapfrogged Ramy Ashour into fourth spot while James Willstrop has climbed up nine places to 15th.

Meanwhile, Matthew and his England teammates have pulled out of the World Men’s Squash Team Championships, which was due to take place in Egypt on December 12, because of security fears.

Matthew said: “All I can say is we made the decision that we feel is best and hope the World Squash Federation see our view and rearrange the event.”