Ramy Ashour

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Ramy Ashour
Ashour Doha.jpg
Full name Ramy Mohamed Ashour
Nickname(s) The Maverick, The Artist
Country  Egypt
Residence Cairo, Egypt
Born (1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 27)
Cairo, Egypt
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kilograms (172 lb)
Turned Pro 2004
Retired Active
Plays Right handed
Coached by no coach
Racquet used Prince Air Stick 130
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (January, 2010)
Current ranking No. 5 (November, 2014)
Title(s) 32
Tour final(s) 48
World Open W (2008, 2012, 2014)
Last updated on: November, 2014.
Ashour with his 2011 Australian Open trophy

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Ramy Mohamed Ashour (Arabic: رامي عاشور‎) (born September 30, 1987, in Cairo, Egypt) is a professional squash player from Egypt. He reached the world number one ranking in January 2010, after beating Nick Matthew in the final of the 2009 Saudi International Squash Tournament.[1] At 22, he became the youngest player to reach number one in the world since the 1980s.[2] Prior to this, he was the first two-time World Junior Squash champion. He has won numerous other titles during his career, including the World Open Championship.

Career overview[edit]

Ashour won his first major international title in 2004 at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player ever to win the Men's World Junior Squash Championship. The same year, he helped lead Egypt to a second-place finish in the team event, behind Pakistan.[citation needed] In July 2006, he became the first player in history to win the World Junior Championships for the second time, defeating fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad.[citation needed] He also led Egypt to a 2–1 victory over Pakistan in the final of the team event; the Egyptian team captured the top three positions in the individual players' event as well as the team event title, a feat no other team had ever accomplished.[citation needed]

In the same year he transitioned out of the junior division, Ashour reached his first major final at the Cathay Pacific Swiss Privilege Hong Kong Squash Open in 2006, where he lost to fellow Egyptian, Amr Shabana, who later would attain the number one ranking in the world. En route to the final, Ashour defeated world number ten John White, world number three Thierry Lincou, and world number two David Palmer.

Ashour won his first major professional title in January 2007, by defeating Palmer in 32 minutes (11–7, 11–3, 11–4), in the final of the Canadian Squash Classic. In April 2007, Ashour won the Kuwait Open, the richest squash event in the world, by defeating Amr Shabana, 11–5, 11–3, 12–10, in 34 minutes, after facing a 10-6 deficit in the third set. He then won the Qatar Classic in Doha by again downing David Palmer, this time with a score of 8–11, 11–9, 11–9, 11–6, in 66 minutes. Also in 2007, Ashour was also invited to the ATCO World Series Squash Finals event, where he competed against the other seven top points earners of the season. The only player to go undefeated in all of his first three matches, he played French sensation Grégory Gaultier in the final. After a 62-minute battle, Ashour took the title 3–1 (12–10, 11–8, 4–11, 11–4).

According to squash legend and writer Malcolm Willstrop, "Ramy Ashour is something else — his movement is better than anyone in the game, and allied to his unique racket skills and vision, he lights up the sport. Not only that, but his modesty, and engaging smile make him a rare commodity."

Ashour played Nick Matthew at the 2009 Saudi International Open, the outcome of which would determine not only the winner of the championship, but also the next world number one. He won the match, his longest ever on the PSA tour, in a grueling 110-minute, 5-game battle.[1]

After losing his world number one ranking to his English rival, Nick Matthew, in June 2010, Ashour reached the final of the new PSA World Series Australian Open in August.^ Two weeks later, he battled to a 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 victory in a 90 minute match against Gaultier in the Hong Kong Open final. The back-to-back victories returned Ashour to the top of the rankings in September 2010.

He slipped behind Matthew again in early 2011, but Ashour then won the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions title for the second time since 2008, beating Matthew in the final match. This was his comeback tournament after recovering from a 2010 hamstring injury. A month later, Ashour played in a PSA World Series final at the North American Open in Virginia, losing to Matthew in a five game match. At the 2011 Australian Open, Ashour beat Matthew, the tournament's defending champion, in another five game match. The rivalry between the Egyptian and the Englishman continued when both played for their country in the WSF 2011 Men's World Team Squash Championships in Paderborn, Germany. Ashour (and Egypt) went on to win that encounter. Ashour furthered his attempt toward reclaiming his world number one ranking by defeating Matthew once more at the 2011 Rowe British Grand Prix, winning the match 3 games to 1.

Ashour's 2012 campaign was arguably the most successful of his career, becoming the first player to make the final of every tournament in which he competed since Jansher Khan. After coming back from a long injury break in February 2012, Ashour made the final at the North American Open 2012, where he lost to the new world number one, James Willstrop. At the El Gouna International in April, Ashour won their rematch, collecting another major title in front of his home crowd after Willstrop pulled out of the final in the third game. At the Allam British Open in May, Ashour missed the opportunity to be the first Egyptian title holder, after Abou Taleb in 1966, by losing to his old rival and defending champion Matthew. Ashour then went undefeated in the second half of 2012, winning all four tournaments in which he took part. Specifically, he defended his Australian Open title in August, won the US Open title in October by defeating Grégory Gaultier, and took the Hong Kong Open title in November by beating Willstrop. This string of wins led up to his final victory of the year at the Qatar World Open in December. By beating Matthew in the semi-final, he would reclaim the world number one spot the following January, and by defeating his fellow countryman, Mohamed El Shorbagy, in the final after a grueling five-game match,[3] he gathered his second World Open title.

Although he did not play in the ATCO World Series final because of a hamstring injury sustained at the Qatar World Open, Ashour retained the world number one ranking at the first world series event in 2013, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. With his right leg heavily strapped, Ashour made it to the final, where he recovered from a 2-0 deficit against Gaultier to stage an unlikely comeback. By claiming another TOC title after his previous one in 2011, he became only the third player to win the prestigious PSA series title thrice since Peter Nicol did it in 2004.[4] Ashour added two PSA world tour titles to his resume within two weeks. He beat his long running rivals, Willstrop and Matthew, in the semi-final and final of the North American Open in Richmond, Virginia, claiming his second North American Open title. Twelve days later, Ashour won his 30th tour title by taking the Kuwait PSA Cup (formerly the Kuwait Open). He defeated defending champion Willstrop in the final, and extended his run of consecutive major PSA titles to seven. In May, Ashour clinched his first British Open championship, becoming the first Egyptian to win the tournament since Abou Taleb in 1966. He also extended his unbeaten run to 41 matches, with his last previous loss taking place at the 2012 British Open final in London, exactly a year previously. After the summer break, Ashour won his ninth PSA World Tour title in a row and extended his unbeaten tour run to 45 matches by taking down defending champion Grégory Gaultier in the Netsuite Open final.[5]

On November 21, 2014, Ashour won his third world title when he defeated fellow Egyptian Mohamad El-Shorbagy at the Squash World Championship in Doha, in a match that was described as "epic." [6]

World Open final appearances[edit]

3 titles & 1 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2008 Manchester, England Egypt Karim Darwish 5–11, 11–8, 11–4, 11–5
Runner-up 2009 Kuwait Egypt Amr Shabana 11–8, 11–5, 11–5
Winner 2012 Doha, Qatar Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
Winner 2014 Doha, Qatar Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2012 England Nick Matthew 11-9, 11–4, 11-8
Winner 2013 France Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8

Hong Kong Open: 3 finals (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2006 Egypt Amr Shabana 13-11, 3-11, 11-5, 13-11
Winner 2010 France Gregory Gaultier 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9
Winner 2012 England James Willstrop 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6

Qatar Classic: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2007 Australia David Palmer 8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6

US Open: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2009 Egypt Amr Shabana 11-7, 11-2, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8
Winner 2012 France Grégory Gaultier 11-4, 11-9, 11-9

Career statistics[edit]

Listed below.

PSA titles (32)[edit]

All Results for Ramy Ashour in PSA World's Tour tournament

Legend
PSA Platinum Series /
PSA Series Final /
PSA World Open (16)
PSA Gold Series (4)
PSA Silver Series (6)
PSA Star Series (5)
PSA Super Satellite (0)
PSA Satellite (1)
Titles by Major Tournaments
World Open (3)
Hong Kong Open (2)
British Open (1)
Qatar Classic (1)
Kuwait Open (3)
US Open (1)
Tournament of Champions (3)
No. Date Tournament Opponent in Final Score in Final Minutes Played
1. November 21, 2004 Athens Open England Andrew Whipp 13–11, 12–10, 7–11, 7–11, 11–9 1 h 15 min[7]
2. January 12, 2007 Canadian Classic Australia David Palmer 11–7, 11–3, 11–4 32 min[8]
3. January 29, 2007 Dayton Open Scotland John White 8–11, 7–11, 11–16, 12–10, 11–2 1 h 12 min[9]
4. April 11, 2007 Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open Egypt Amr Shabana 11–5, 11–3, 12–10 34 min[10]
5. April 17, 2007 Qatar Classic Open Australia David Palmer 8–11, 11–9, 11–9, 11–6 1 h 9 min[11]
6. August 12, 2007 Super Series Finals France Grégory Gaultier 12–10, 11–8, 4–11, 11–4 1 h 2 min[12]
7. January 16, 2008 Tournament of Champions England James Willstrop 11–7, 13–11, 11–9 40 min[13]
8. February 16, 2008 Canadian Classic Egypt Amr Shabana 11–2, 11–9, 8–11, 11–8 38 min[14]
9. April 20, 2008 Hurghada International Egypt Amr Shabana 12–10, 9–11, 11–7, 9–11, 12–10 47 min[15]
10. October 19, 2008 World Open Egypt Karim Darwish 5–11, 11–8, 11–4, 11–5 1 h[16]
11. February 28, 2009 North American Open England Nick Matthew 11–8, 13–11, 10–12, 5–11, 11–8 1 h 31 min[17]
12. April 4, 2009 Hurghada International France Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 47 min[18]
13. December 10, 2009 PSA Masters England Nick Matthew 11–6, 9–11, 11–9, 11–9 1 h 19 min[19]
14. December 18, 2009 Saudi International Open England Nick Matthew 11–7, 7–11, 11–9, 9–11, 11–8 1 h 50 min[1]
15. March 20, 2010 CIMB KL Open Egypt Karim Darwish 11-8, 11-8, 11-9 51 min[20]
16. August 29, 2010 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open France Gregory Gaultier 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9 1 h 30 min[21]
17. September 20, 2010 Rowe British Grand Prix England James Willstrop 11-7, 3-11, 11-3, 11-5 40 min[22]
18. November 2, 2010 Kuwait Open Egypt Amr Shabana 9-11, 11-4, 13-11, 11-1 45 min[23]
19. January 27, 2011 Tournament of Champions England Nick Matthew 11–3, 7–11, 11–9, 11-7 52 min[24]
20. May 19, 2011 Hurghada International Egypt Karim Darwish 11-9, 9-11, 12-14, 11-9, 11-3 1 h 20 min[25]
21. August 14, 2011 Australian Open England Nick Matthew 12-14, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4 1h 17 min[26]
22. September 25, 2011 Rowe British Grand Prix England Nick Matthew 1-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 1h 6 min[27]
23. April 13, 2012 El Gouna International England James Willstrop 12-10, 11-5, 5-2 (ret) 37 min[28]
24. August 19, 2012 Australian Open Egypt Omar Mosaad 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 53 min[29]
25. October 13, 2012 US Open France Grégory Gaultier 11-4, 11-9, 11-9 43 min[30]
26. December 2, 2012 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open England James Willstrop 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6 1h 4 min[31]
27. December 14, 2012 World Open Egypt Mohamed El Shorbagy 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 1h 30 min[3]
28. January 24, 2013 Tournament of Champions France Grégory Gaultier 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-1 1h 12 min[32]
29. March 2, 2013 North American Open England Nick Matthew 11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 1h 5 min[33]
30. March 14, 2013 Kuwait PSA Cup England James Willstrop 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 58 min[34]
31. May 26, 2013 British Open France Gregory Gaultier 7-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 1h 4min
32. October 1, 2013 Netsuite Open France Gregory Gaultier 11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 1h 8min [35]

Note: (ret) = retired, min = minutes, h = hours

PSA Tour Finals (Runner-Up) (15)[edit]

Ramy Ashour during the 2011 Australian Open quarter-final match against Peter Barker.
No. Date Tournament Opponent in Final Score in Final Minutes Played
1. October 22, 2005 Athens Open Egypt Hisham Mohd Ashour 11–7, 2–11, 10–12, 7–11 37 min[36]
2. January 29, 2006 Dayton Open Scotland John White 5–11, 3–11, 6–11 Unknown
3. March 11, 2006 COAS International Egypt Mohammed Abbas 4–11, 11–9, 5–11, 7–11 Unknown
4. October 22, 2006 Hong Kong Open Egypt Amr Shabana 11–13, 11–3, 5–11, 11–13 48 min[37]
5. October 28, 2007 Saudi International Open Egypt Amr Shabana 5–11, 5–11, 11–1, 9–11 50 min[38]
6. April 27, 2008 Kuwait Open Egypt Amr Shabana 9-11, 7-11, 11-13 52 min[39]
7. September 6, 2009 U.S. Open Egypt Amr Shabana 7-11, 2-11, 11-7, 14-12, 8-11 57 min[40]
8. November 7, 2009 Kuwait Open Egypt Amr Shabana 8-11, 8-11, 5-11 50 min[41]
9. January 28, 2010 Tournament of Champions England James Willstrop 10-12, 5-11, 11-9, 2-11 49 min[42]
10. February 27, 2010 North American Open England Nick Matthew 9-11, 14-16, 4-5 (ret) 48 min[43]
11. August 15, 2010 Australian Open England Nick Matthew 14-16, 7-11, 10-12 1h 17 min[44]
12. October 24, 2010 El Gouna International Egypt Karim Darwish 14-16, 3-11, 1-5 (ret) 52 min[45]
13. February 26, 2011 North American Open England Nick Matthew 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 6-11 1h 23 min[46]
14. February 25, 2012 North American Open England James Willstrop 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 51 min[47]
15. May 26, 2012 British Open England Nick Matthew 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 49 min[48]

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Terms
W-L Win-loss NWS Not a World Series event
NG50 Not an International event NH Not held
A Absent LQ/#Q Lost in qualifying draw and round number
RR Lost at round robin stage #R Lost in the early rounds
QF Quarterfinalist SF Semifinalist
SF-B Semifinalist, won bronze medal F Runner-Up
F Runner-up, won silver medal W Winner

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated after the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Career SR Career W-L
PSA World Tour Tournaments
World Open 1R QF A W F 2R QF W SF W 3 / 9 33–6
British Open A 2R A 2R A Not Held F W SF 1 / 5 14–4
Hong Kong Open NH F A QF QF W A W QF A 2 / 6 20–4
Qatar Classic LQ W 2R QF SF A 1R NH A NH 1 / 6 11–5
PSA Masters Not Held Absent W A QF Not Held 1 / 2 7–1
Tournament of Champions Absent SF W SF F W A W A 3 / 6 25–3
North American Open Not World Series A QF W F F F W NH 2 / 6 24–4
Kuwait PSA Cup A NH W F NH W A NH W NH 3 / 4 19–1
US Open A SF A SF F Absent W A A 1 / 4 14–3
Saudi International 1R 1R F QF W Not Held 1 / 5 11–4
Pakistan International 1R SF NH NWS Not Held NWS 0 / 2 3–2
Win Ratio 0 / 4 1 / 7 1 / 4 2 / 9 3 / 8 2 / 5 1 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 6 1 / 2 18 / 55 NA
Win–Loss 0 / 4 18 / 6 13 / 3 27 / 7 31 / 5 19 / 3 14 / 4 24 / 2 26 / 2 9 / 1 NA 181 / 37

[49] Note: NA = Not Available

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Karim Darwish
Nick Matthew
James Willstrop
World No. 1
January 2010 – May 2010
September 2010 - December 2012
January 2013 - December 2013
Succeeded by
Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew
Nick Matthew
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James Willstrop
PSA Young Player of the Year
2006-07
Succeeded by
Omar Mosaad
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Matthew
PSA Player of the Year
2011-12
Succeeded by
Nick Matthew