Name: Karim Darwish
Date of Birth: 29th August 1981
World Ranking: 8
World Series Ranking: 13
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt
Residence: Cairo, Egypt
Interests: Listening To Music
Clubs/Teams: Wadi Degla Club,
Biography: Karim Darwish has maintained an unbroken presence in the world top ten since October 2007. But the highlight of the Egyptian’s career came in January 2009 when he topped the Dunlop PSA World Rankings for the first time – thus ending the 33-month reign of his illustrious compatriot Amr Shabana.
Darwish, who led Egypt to a long-awaited victory in the 2009 World Team Championships – and played a significant role in their defence of the title two years later - has been one of his country's leading players for the last decade.
But, after being largely overshadowed by fellow countrymen Amr Shabana and, more recently Ramy Ashour, Darwish enjoyed a sensational Tour run in 2008, which included six final appearances and title successes in three .... and led to his rise to the top of the world rankings the following year.
It was after upsetting top seed Shabana in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Saudi International in Saudi Arabia that Darwish knew the world number one ranking would be his!
"This is the greatest moment of my career," said Darwish after beating second seed Gregory Gaultier to lift the title.
“I've been working really hard all my life to reach this moment - thank god I should do it in this, the richest tournament ever, and in front of a crowd like this," added the Egyptian who went on to top the rankings for all but one month of 2009.
His success was acknowledged at the end of the year when he received the PSA Player of the Year award.
After a successful 2012 which saw him qualify for the World Series Finals for the fourth time, Darwish made his first mark in 2013 by reaching the final of the Motor City Open – the Detroit event which he won in 2010.
But a calf injury caused him to concede the match to compatriot Shabana midway through the second game.
He bounced back at the KL Open in March in Malaysia where he notched up the 41st Tour final appearance of his career without dropping a game.
He was the top seed and faced Mohamed Elshorbagy, his second-seeded compatriot who had leapfrogged above Darwish in the latest PSA rankings. But Darwish endorsed the seedings, seeing off his Egyptian team-mate 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 to win the 23rd Tour title of his career.
In June, Darwish celebrated his seventh successive appearance for Egypt in the World Team Championship in France – but was unable to enjoy a repeat of his success two years earlier when Egypt went down the England in the final.
In December 2007, Darwish married fellow international squash player Engy Kheirallah.
"During tournaments I sometimes get tense, but because she understands the game, she knows exactly how to get me relaxed and focused," said Darwish. "It's nice to have someone close to you who understands what you do and knows what it's like to be in your shoes."
The couple celebrated the birth of son Omar in May 2012.