Simpson wants a shot at main man Matthew
CHRIS SIMPSON wants a crack at the defending champion at this week’s British Championships.
Top seed Nick Matthew has reigned supreme in Manchester for the last six years and he is gunning for his 10th and final title this year before he retires at the end of the season.
Simpson, who is seeded to reach the quarter-finals, is in the same half of the draw as the three-time world champion and would love the opportunity to face him in the last four.
However, the Guernsey professional would have to overcome two tough obstacles first as he begins his campaign against one of the country’s up-and-coming stars in the first round today with the winner of that match in line to face fourth seed Declan James in the last eight.
‘It’s a strong draw and a very prestigious tournament, so I always want to do well there,’ said Simpson.
‘There are no easy matches and first round I am drawn against George Parker, who won a tour title in the last month so is certainly an in-form player.
‘If I play well enough I will be aiming to earn myself a shot at reigning champ Nick Matthew in the semis.’
Simpson goes into the Nationals on the back of a strong showing at the Indian Open in Mumbai where he exceeded his seventh seeding to reach the semi-finals and put up a good fight against second seed Nicolas Mueller, of Switzerland, before going down in four tight games.
- More in Thursday's Guernsey Press.