NICK MATTHEW, the top seed and the number three seed KARIM DARWISH had easy opening round victories in the World Open Squash at Sports City Rotterdam at the Netherlands on Sunday. At the Victoria Club courts, the world number one Englander Matthew easily beat the number 50 ranked Italian qualifier Stephane Galifi in straight games 11-8,11-1,11-3 while the Egyptian Darwish had no difficulty prevailing over Finish qualifier Henrik Mustonen 11-4,11-1,11-2 to move into the second round. The other seeded in the top half of the draw moving into the second round were the Englishman number 7 seed, Australian duo of number 8 David Palmer and number 16 Camerron Pilley, number 10 seed Frenchman and Egyptians Mohamed El Shorbagy (9) and number 14 Omar Mosaad. Barker beat Australian Aaron Frankcomb (41) in straight games 11-4,11-1,11-4, Palmer survived a hard fought challenge from Scottish Alan Clyne in five games 11-7,11-6,6-11,4-11,11-8 while Pilley beat German qualifier Raphael Kandra 11-2,11-3,11-8. Lincou also survived a five game battle against Canadian qualifier Shawn Delierre 13-11,4-11,11-3,4-11,15-13. Shorbagy beat Englishman Jon Kemp 12-10,11-8,7-11,11-6 while Omar Mossad beat fellow Egyptian qualifier Omar Abdel Meguid 14-12,12-10,9-11,11-9. The lone American in the draw world ranked number 28 Julian Illingworth made an early exit losing to 26th ranked Spaniard Borja Golan 3-11,6-11,11-9,3-11. Also making an early exit in the first round were Englishmen Tom Richards losing to Egyptian Tarek Momen, Chris Simpson lost to Steve Coppinger of South Africa and Joey Barington beatan by Australian Ryan Cuskelly while Chris Ryder made it to the second round following his victory over Olli Tuominen of Finland. The bottom half of the first rounds continue on Monday.