Elshorbagy the man to beat at world squash finals
World No. 1 will arrive in Dubai with six title wins this season
Egyptian squash sensation and world No. 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy will lead the star-studded line-up of players heading to the UAE to compete in the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals later this month.
Following the seventh and final men’s qualifying event last week, Elshorbagy proved that he will be the man to beat in Dubai after winning his sixth straight PSA World Title in front of a delighted home crowd in El Gouna, Egypt.
Now the series has concluded the top eight ranked male and female players in the PSA Road to Dubai rankings will contest PSA World Series Finals on May 24-28 in a state-of-the-art purpose-built venue in Burj Park Downtown Dubai.
The men’s qualification race has belonged to Elshorbagy who, despite facing tough competition in every event, has been unstoppable this season.
After losing the semifinal in the first qualification event, the US Open in October 2015, the 25-year-old has won all six remaining qualification events and has amassed a record number of points in the process.
He will now be joined in Dubai by compatriot Omar Mosaad, world champion Gregory Gaultier of France and former world No. 1 Nick Matthew of England. The other four players who will be contesting the title are Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet, world No. 5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia, Germany’s Simon Rosner and Australian Cameron Pilley. The women’s line-up meanwhile was finalised in March and will feature world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, second seed Laura Massaro of England, eight-time world champion Nicol David and Egyptian ace Raneem El Welily. Making up the eight are France’s Camille Serme, American Amanda Sobhy and Egyptian duo Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nouran Gohar.
Commenting on the finals, Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council said: “The PSA Dubai World Series Finals points to the emirate’s growing reputation as the place to stage thrilling end of season tournaments and we look forward to hosting the world’s very best as they compete for this coveted title.”
For more information and for tickets visit psaworldtour.com.