Name: Mohammed Abbas
Date of Birth: 24th December 1980
Birthplace: Giza, Egypt
Residence: Giza, Egypt
Clubs/Teams: Ahly Club, Cairo, Egypt
Biography: A member of the PSA since 1998, Mohammed Abbas has made consistent progress up the world rankings - and, after winning his third PSA Tour title in his seventh final in March this year at the Kuala Lumpur Open in Malaysia, rose to a career-high world No13 ranking on the 1st April.
Abbas first made his mark on the international squash stage when he reached the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Junior Championships in the USA, afterwards playing his part in Egypt reaching the final of the team event after beating favourites Pakistan in the semi-finals.
He claimed his first Tour title at the El Ahly Open at his home club in Cairo in January 2000.
Abbas enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2004 when, after reaching the final of the Dayton Open unseeded, he went on to reach the last sixteen of both the World Open and Pakistan Open in December - which resulted in a massive jump from 25 to 16 in the world rankings on 1st January 2005.
Further progress took three years to achieve - but in March 2006 he won the COAS International in Pakistan (beating fast-rising compatriot Ramy Ashour in the final) and in December achieved his best-ever finish in a Super Series event by reaching the quarter-finals of the Saudi International after beating higher-seeded fellow countryman Karim Darwish in the last sixteen.
Mohammed's 2007 campaign began with a semi-final berth in the Virginia Pro Championship in February in the USA, where he upset Malaysia's Mohd Azlan Iskandar in the quarter-finals.
In the Kuala Lumpur Open the following month, he beat favourite Nick Matthew in the semis and higher-seeded Stewart Boswell in the final.
'This is the biggest win of my career,' said the 26-year-old at the time. 'I am very happy to win it here.'
Back on home soil in July, Abbas battled back to the semi-finals of the Heliopolis Open for the second successive year - this time losing to compatriot Wael El Hindi in a 90-minute marathon.