Matthew, a three-time world champion, has been busy adding to his trophy haul since claiming the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Glasgow in August.

The 34-year-old from Sheffield won the British Grand Prix in Manchester in December, and then broke the record books by winning a seventh national title at the same venue a month ago before lifting the Swedish Open title for a fifth time.

He then returned to peak form to beat the current world number one Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy, in straight games at the Windy City Open in Chicago.

Now he is after a fifth Canary Wharf title after beating long-time rival James Willstrop in last year’s final to draw level at four titles apiece.

Every ticket for the event was sold before Christmas and Matthew said he enjoyed playing in front of a full-house crowd at the East Wintergarden.


He said: “It’s definitely one of the best tournaments in the world and the players always love the big, noisy crowds. It’s like a home match for the two Essex boys, my England team-mates Peter Barker and Daryl Selby, and the noise levels always go up a notch when those two are on court.”

Despite his age, Matthew shows no signs of easing off and added: “As you get older it’s a question of training smarter, not harder, and taking more care when you plan your tournament schedule so that you can peak for major events.

“After Canary Wharf I will have my sights on the British Open in Hull in May.

“I want to win every tournament I enter and it’s a case of making sure that you are in the best possible shape each time.”

Matthew was in outstanding form in Chicago and took out both of his England team-mates Selby and Barker on his way to reaching the final.

In the imposing Cathedral Hall venue, he produced a phenomenal performance of pace and precision, making only two errors as he destroyed the 23-year-old Elshorbagy 11-7, 11-2, 11-7 in 62 minutes.

He said: “I’m really enjoying my squash at the minute. I guess I’m in the twilight of my career - the end is closer than the beginning - but I managed to take my chance against someone who has been in incredible form recently.

“You always go into a match with a game plan but it’s another thing being able to execute it against someone like Mohamed because he plays at such a fast pace and takes away your thinking time.

“But I felt I played well when under pressure today. I was patient and picked my times to attack well and I’m just delighted to get another World Series win.”

At Canary Wharf, Matthew faces wild card Eddie Charlton, a regular training partner, in the first round.

Second seed Barker faces a qualifier in the first round while former world number one Willstrop comes into the tournament as fifth seed in the bottom half of the draw after missing most of the season while recovering from a hip operation. The tournament takes place from March 23-27.

The first round draw is as follows:

Nick Matthew [1] (ENG) v [WC] Eddie Charlton (ENG)

Adrian Waller (ENG) v Fares Dessouki [8] (EGY)

Daryl Selby [6] (ENG) v [Qualifier]

Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) v Borja Golan [3] (ESP)

Simon Rösner [4] (GER) v [Qualifier]

[Qualifier] v James Willstrop [5] (ENG)

Max Lee [7] (HKG) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)

[Qualifier] v Peter Barker [2] (ENG)

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