English lose squash finals

ENGLAND’S Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro both fell short at the World Series Squash Finals at Queen’s Club yesterday.

Massaro lost in straight games to world No1 Nicol David for the second successive tournament in the women’s final, before Matthew was beaten 3-1 by Egyptian Amr Shabana. The Englishman took the first set 11-4, but Shabana showed class to upstage the world No2, and praised his rival.

“Nick is one of the best athletes out there,” Shabana said after retaining his crown. “When you play him there are very few areas of the court to hit to where he won’t punish you.”