Fa­tigue could be El­shorbagy’s big­gest chal­lenge in Dubai

21 The num­ber of sin­gles ti­tles the Egyp­tian has won in his ca­reer

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With six world se­ries ti­tles out of seven, it’s no sur­prise that world No. 1 Mo­hamed El­shorbagy ar­rives as hot favourite for the PSA Dubai World Se­ries Fi­nals start­ing at Burj Park Down­town Dubai to­day.

How­ever, de­spite his dom­i­na­tion on the court this sea­son, the Egyp­tian does ad­mit that the num­ber of matches he has played could count against him in Dubai.

“Try­ing to win every tour­na­ment takes so much out of you,” said El­shorbagy. “I play the most matches of any player and that is tough. Every night be­fore a match my body was shak­ing, and I thought I had a tem­per­a­ture.

“But I didn’t - it was just that my body was tired. It shows how much the sport takes out of you phys­i­cally and men­tally. I am most frag­ile when I have had too many matches.”

The ac­tion starts this af­ter­noon at 2pm, with eight best-of-three matches on each of the first three days, with every player play­ing once each day.

Play­ers will bat­tle for a place in the semi-fi­nals and a chance to claim the prize purse of $160,000 on of­fer in both the men’s and women’s tour­na­ments.

Tick­ets start at Dhs25 for gen­eral en­try and are avail­able on the door.

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