Matthew survived at the World Open!

Nick Matthew (ENG) beat Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-1 in the 2nd round of the World Open 2011 (photo: SquashSite)

World Open title holder Nick Matthew (pic le) ENG) had to fight for 100 minutes to hold off the Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy (pic ri) in 5 games. Matthew was up 2:1 in games as Shorbagy was able to level but had nothing left in the tank to avoid the 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 5-11, 11-1 defeat. The 2nd Men’s match tonight showed Peter Barker (ENG) who absorbed Cameron Pilley’s attacks to the a very tough 3-games victory (11-7, 12-10, 11-4). The 2 women’s matches went done the seeding line as birthday girls Laura Massaro (ENG) beat Annie Au (HKG) in straight games (11-9, 11-7, 11-6) and 2nd seed Jenny Duncalf (ENG) had the upper hand against New Zealand’s Joelle King (11-8, 7-11, 11-1, 11-3).