Nick Matthew may have been forced to concede his British Grand Prix title this weekend but the England squash star insists there are still plenty of positives to carry into the season ahead.
Triple Commonwealth Games squash gold medallist Matthew was up against world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt in the final in Manchester.
It proved to be a tight contest with Matthew pulling a set back in the third but he eventually lost out 11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6.
Despite the defeat, it was still a positive showing from Matthew who is working his way back to top form following surgery on his knee in July.
And with that in mind, the 35-year-old is confident he is getting stronger all the time.
“Obviously as a competitor you want to win but being in the final was more than I expected this week,” he said.
“So I’ve got to be over the moon with where I’ve got to. The pace in the first game took me by surprise but I’ll be a better player both mentally and physically for the rest of the season because of it.”
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