FORMER champion Nick Matthew’s bid for a second Qatar Classic title ended with a 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 4-11, 9-11 semifinal defeat to Mohamed El Shorbagy in the semifinal.
Matthew can blame only himself after frittering away a two-game lead to lose the match in 83 minutes despite enjoying the upper hand for most part of the proceedings.
It was a virtual repeat of last month’s US Open final, where the Egyptian found himself at the receiving end of the Briton’s master class before turning the tide later.
“Yes, 2-0 up and losing, it’s disappointing. But to think how bad my body was for the past year and a half, and finding myself playing at the level, outweighs the disappointment of the loss,” said world No.4 Matthew, who missed most of the last season due to a recurring ankle injury.
Despite the defeat, Matthew was banking on the positives.
“There’re so many positives to consider — the hard training, the demons you’re battling away, finding the motivation to come back and compete at such a level,” said Matthew.
The 2009 Qatar Classic champion hopes to end the season on a high when he plays at home in the British Grand Prix beginning in Manchester on December 2. He is seeded second behind Frenchman and world No.2 Gregory Gaultier.
“I would like to finish the year on a high and I’m looking forward to play in Manchester,” he concluded.