El Shorbagy has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the world rankings since joining
the PSA in 2006 as a 15-year-old. Raised in Alexandria but a student at the
renowned Millfield School in England (where he is coached by legendary figure
Jonah Barrington), El Shorbagy is the latest Egyptian to shake up the world
The 18-year-old continues to make his name as a junior – and, following
British Junior Open title wins in successive years since January 2006, he
still has the chance of a third U19 crown in a row next January before
celebrating his 19th birthday.
In 2008, the exuberant youngster made a major impact on the senior stage in
England. After qualifying to make his first ever appearance in the World
Open, 17-year-old Mohamed beat experienced Frenchman Renan Lavigne before
taking on sixth seed Thierry Lincou.
El Shorbagy took the first two games, but the former world champion and world
number one drew level to force the match into a fifth game decider. But still
the inexperienced teenager fought on, and after Lincou saved 3 match balls,
El Shorbagy finally clinched his fourth to record a sensational 12-10, 11-6,
7-11, 10-12, 13-11 upset in 81 mins.
The youngster went on to beat compatriot Hisham Mohd Ashour before finally
being stopped in the quarter-finals by fellow Egyptian Amr Shabana, the top
seed and world number one.
Later in the month, he reached the last sixteen of the Qatar Classic after
beating ninth seed Ong Beng Hee in the first round.
And in December, he exceeded his seeding to reach his first PSA Tour final.
Seeded four, he upset compatriot Omar Mosaad, the No2 seed, to reach the
climax of the Spanish Open in Tenerife. But local star Borja Golan was too
strong on the day, ultimately overcoming the young Egyptian star in a
five-game 78-minute marathon.
The year's exploits had taken El Shorbagy from a world ranking of 93 at the
beginning of the year to 31 in January this year. But the teenager maintained
his momentum in the New Year – leading to an outstanding run in the 5-star
Canary Wharf Classic in London in March when, after qualifying, he upset
England's No7 seed Nick Matthew to reach the quarter-finals.
In April, El Shorbagy celebrated his second Tour final appearance – again,
against the odds. Seeded four, the teenager overcome life-long training
partner Joey Barrington in the semi-finals of the Irish Open in Dublin to
face old adversary Thierry Lincou in the final. But this time the top-seeded
Frenchman was up to the task, beating El Shorbagy in straight games to avenge
his shock world championship defeat last year.