Squash: Matthew wins epic title battle

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The Independent Online

Nick Matthew prevailed in the historic men's British National Championship final between the top two players in the world when he beat James Willstrop in an 81-minute display of dazzling, world-class squash at the National Squash Centre in Manchester yesterday.

After a series of stunning rallies and on his third match ball, Matthew clinched an 11-8, 11-3, 6-11, 14-12 victory to secure a record-equalling fourth championship.

Laura Massaro became the first player successfully to defend the women's title for eight years when she defeated Londoner Alison Waters 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4.