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Player Profile - Mohamed El Shourbagy


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Current PSA Men’s World Ranking: 14 (also his highest)

DOB

12th Jan 1991

Birthplace

ALEXANDRIA

Marital Status

SINGLE

Clubs/Teams

SMOUHA, CLUB – BRISTOL PROBUILD (WELSHBACK) – WIMBLEDON- UWE

Racket

TECNIFIBRE

Coach

JONAH BARRINGTON

National ranking

1 UNDER 19

National title successes

WINNING WORLD JUNIOR (SWITZERLAND) INDIVIDUAL (JULY 2008)

Best Squash success this year

QUARTER FINAL OF THE WORLD OPEN IN MANCHESTER

Worst this year

LOSING FIRST MATCH IN THE SAUDI QUALIFICATION

Sponsors

TECNIFIBRE, ASICS

Other

Mohamed 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 of squash.

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.