UWE student, Mohamed El Shorbagy, has topped the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) World Rankings after beating the four-time World Champion and fellow Egyptian, Amr Shabana, at the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open in Philadelphia.
His victory follows on from his success at the World Series Championship in Hong Kong earlier this year, and he remains undefeated in 18 consecutive matches.
Since joining the PSA in 2006 as a 15-year old schoolboy, Elshorbagy has rapidly risen through the rankings to reach World Number 1 at the age of 23; this year undoubtedly marks a career high for the young player.
Speaking about his win, El Shorbagy said, “Becoming World Number 1 is such an unbelievable feeling. I have been very lucky to have such a great team working behind me at UWE Bristol over the past 5 years; the support I have received has been second-to-none. From the physios taking care of my body to try and keep me injury free, to the conditioning staff, to Alex Isaac, who has been supporting me throughout my career; the team of people behind me are the reason why I am able to perform at my best on court.”
Elshorbagy is studying for a MSc in Finance and is currently on a scholarship through UWE’s High Performance Athlete Programme, which runs a specialist scheme to support high performance athletes from a wide range of sports.
Alex Isaac, Head of Sport here at UWE, said “Huge congratulations to Mohamed, we are very proud of this fantastic achievement. It is great to have such an inspirational sporting ambassador for UWE and our highly successful squash programme. We wish him the best of luck in the next leg of the PSA World Series Championship!”. And so say all of us!
By Beatrice Taylor