Mohamed El Shorbagy

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Mohamed El Shorbagy
Mohamed Elshorbagy (2012).jpg
Full name Mohamed Hossam ElShorbagy
Nickname(s) The Beast
Country  Egypt
Residence Bristol, England
Born (1991-01-12) January 12, 1991 (age 26)
Alexandria, Egypt
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Turned Pro 2006
Retired Active
Plays Right Handed
Coached by Jonah Barrington
Racquet used Tecnifibre Carboflex 125 S Basaltex Multiaxial
Men's singles
Highest ranking No. 1 (November, 2014)
Current ranking No. 3 (May 2017)
Title(s) 21
Tour final(s) 29
World Open F (2012, 2014)
Last updated on: July, 2016.

Mohamed El Shorbagy, (born January 12, 1991 in Alexandria) is a professional squash player who represents Egypt. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 1 in November 2014.[1][2]

Career overview[edit]

Elshorbagy enters the record books behind only Pakistani legends Jahangir and Jansher Khan, who both topped the charts aged 18, and compatriot Ramy Ashour who became number one aged 22, courtesy of his victory over Gaultier in the semi-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open and Nick Matthew's defeat to four-time World Champion Amr Shabana in the other last four encounter. "It feels unbelievable right now," said Elshorbagy. "It's been a dream to get to that spot and I can't believe I'm there right now. I came into this tournament knowing there was a big chance to get that World No.1 ranking for the first time in my life."

Mohamed El Shorbagy was the World junior squash champion in 2008 and 2009 and became only the second man, after Ramy Ashour to win the title twice.

In 2007, he became the first player to win his first PSA World Tour title at a 5-star event, the Indian Challenger No7.

He was a finalist at the 2012 World Championship beating James Willstrop in a five-game semifinal match but lost to fellow countrymen Ramy Ashour in the final in five games. He has also played in the PSA Series Finals twice but losing in round robin stage. His younger brother Marwan is also a talented squash player, featuring in the world top 25. In 2013 he made it to the semifinals at the Kuwait PSA Cup a World Series Platinum event.

In November 2013, he won the Qatar Classic beating Nick Matthew in the final, his first PSA World Series title. He also recently won the 2016 Tournament of Champions.

In 2014, El Shorbagy opened his year by making the semifinals of Tournament of champions, he lost to Grégory Gaultier in four games. In the PSA World Series Finals El Shorbagy recorded his first win over Ramy Ashour beating Ashour 11-5 11-5 in the round robin stage. El Shorbagy lost a heartbreaking match against Tarek Momen after having match points. El Shorbagy beat James Willstrop 11-9 11-7 recording his second win in the round robin stage and also qualifying him for the semifinals. In the semifinals El Shorbagy beat Nick Mathew in five games to reach the final. El Shorbagy was playing Ramy Ahsour whom he beat earlier that week, Ashour recorded two wins after their match to qualify to the semis and then Ashour beat Gaultier to set up a rematch. Ashour this time was the victor winning in a tough 4 games. El Shorbagy made the semifinals of the Metro Squash Windy City Open, again losing to Gaultier in four games. El Shorbagy continued good form by making the final of the 2014 El Gouna International. He got revenge on Gaultier beating him in four games but lost in the final to countryman Ramy Ashour in four games.

El Shorbagy's family name is derived from an old Turkish military rank, Çorbacı.

World Open final appearances[edit]

0 title & 2 runner-up[edit]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2012 Doha, Qatar Egypt Ramy Ashour 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8
Runner-up 2014 Doha, Qatar Egypt Ramy Ashour 13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 2 final (2 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2015 France Grégory Gaultier 11-9, 6-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5
Winner 2016 Egypt Ramy Ashour 11-2, 11-5, 11-9

Hong Kong Open: 2 finals (2 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2014 France Grégory Gaultier 11-9, 11-2, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4
Winner 2015 Australia Cameron Pilley 11-6, 11-8, 11-6

Qatar Classic: 2 finals (2 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2013 England Nick Matthew 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4
Winner 2015 France Grégory Gaultier 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10

US Open: 2 finals (2 titles, 0 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2014 Egypt Amr Shabana 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-3
Winner 2016 England Nick Matthew 10-12, 12-14, 11-1, 11-4, 3-0 rtd

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Grégory Gaultier

Grégory Gaultier
World No. 1
November 2014 - November 2015
January 2016 - present
Succeeded by
Grégory Gaultier

Current holder
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Omar Mosaad
PSA Young Player of the Year
2009-10
Succeeded by
Nicolas Müller