Three-time winner Ramy Ashour is facing a race against time to be fit for the 2015 Men’s PSA World Championship and insists he is doing his best to return to defend his title ahead of the showpiece tournament which begins on Sunday November 15 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington.
The Egyptian maverick defeated compatriot and World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in last year’s climactic final to add to the World Championship crowns he picked up in 2008 and 2012 – the latter also being at the expense of Elshorbagy.
However, after limping out of last months Delaware Investments U.S. Open second round clash against Mathieu Castagnet with a hamstring problem, Ashour heads into the World Championship with injury issues having missed the Qatar Classic – a situation that draws parallels with his 2014 triumph.
“It absolutely feels like deja vu,” said Ashour. “I am doing my best to get back and do what I love most. It’s harder than anyone can imagine. The Worlds are now more important than the Olympics to me.”
Ashour, often referred to as ‘The Artist’, is on the opposite side of the draw to Elshorbagy and, should he beat Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the opening round, could be on course for a repeat of last year’s epic finale.
Source: PSA Media report