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Nick Matthew beats Ashour to win North American Open

Nick Matthew
Matthew's victory gave him his 12th career PSA World Tour title

Nick Matthew has beaten world number one Ramy Ashour to win the North American Open in Richmond, Virginia.

The 29-year-old came back from 9-7 down in the first game and 7-4 in the second to win them 11-9 16-14 before Ashour retired at 5-4 down in the third.

Sheffield's Matthew, the world number two, had lost his previous four matches against the 22-year-old Egyptian.

"It's a strange feeling right now - you feel you should be happy. It's never nice to win like that," said Matthew.

"All credit to Ramy - you could see he wasn't moving well. But to come through as far as he did was amazing - I don't think anyone else in the world would have been able to do that."

Ashour said: "Nick played a terrific match and was a lot better than I was."



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