Name: Mohamed Elshorbagy
Date of Birth: 12th January 1991
World Ranking: 4
World Series Ranking: 3
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Residence: Bristol, England
Racquet: Tecnifibre Carboflex 130
Coach: Jonah Barrington, Hadrian Stiff
Clubs/Teams: Smouha, Club, Bristol
Biography: Mohamed Elshorbagy has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the world rankings since joining the PSA in 2006 as a 15-year-old. Raised in Alexandria, but then a student at the renowned Millfield School in England (where he was coached by legendary figure Jonah Barrington), Elshorbagy is the latest Egyptian to shake up the world of squash.
Despite combining his squash career with that of a student at the University of the West of England in the UK, 22-year-old El Shorbagy has established himself as the youngest player in the world top 20 where he celebrated a career-high No5 in January this year.
Elshorbagy rounded off a spectacular junior career in January 2010 when he won his fifth successive British Junior Open title (and third U19 trophy in a row) – only five months after becoming only the second man in history to win the world junior title for a second time.
Only three months later (in April 2010) he claimed his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Indian Challenger No7 in Kolkata – where he became the first player in history to win his first Tour trophy at a 5-star event.
But it was in October 2008 that the exuberant youngster made his first major impact on the senior stage. After qualifying to make his first ever appearance in the PSA World Championship, the then 17-year-old beat experienced Frenchman Renan Lavigne before upsetting sixth seed and former champion Thierry Lincou 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 13-11 in 81 minutes.
2011 saw the young Egyptian make great strides on the Tour – with title triumphs at the Motor City Open in Detroit, the Internationaux de la Reunion in Reunion Island, the Colombian Open in Bogota and the Macau Open. Victory over second seed Lincou in the Macau final marked the fifth Tour title of Elshorbagy’s career.
After making his debut in the PSA World Series Finals in January 2012, El Shorbagy went on to make his mark in World Series events later in the year – none more so than in December’s PSA World Championship in Qatar.
Seeded eight, he toppled fourth-seeded compatriot Karim Darwish in straight games in the quarter-finals before recording one of the best wins of his career by beating England��s world number one James Willstrop 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8 in 112 minutes to secure a shock place in the final.
In the final, he faced his in-form fellow countryman Ramy Ashour. The exuberant youngster, with nothing to lose, took the first game – his first against soon-to-be-world-number-one Ashour in three matches.
Elshorbagy went on to take Ashour the full distance before going down 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 after 90 minutes.
"Mohamed - he was amazing today,” said Ashour at the trophy presentation.
Elshorbagy began his 2013 campaign in positive style, recording his third successive quarter-final appearance in the Tournament of Champions in New York
But March proved to be his most successful month of the year to date: After making the semi-finals of the World Series PSA Kuwait Cup against the seedings, he went on to reach the last four of the Canary Wharf Classic in London.
And before the month was out, he celebrated the 12th Tour final appearance of his career at the KL Open in Malaysia. It was the second time in three years he lined up against compatriot Darwish in the event’s final – and the second time he went down to his illustrious Egyptian team-mate