Top seed Mohamed Elshorbagy has set his sights on glory at this month’s PSA World Championship and insists that he is fully focused on lifting the sport’s most prestigious title when the event gets underway at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington on November 15.
World No.1 Elshorbagy lost out to fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour in both the 2012 and 2014 finals, with the latter in particular providing some stunning squash for spectators in Doha, and the 24-year-old clearly feels there is unfinished business to attend to as he sets his sights firmly on lifting the trophy on November 22.
“The World Championship is the only big title I haven’t won, so all my focus since the summer has been on that event, and I think everyone knows that lifting that trophy is my main goal,” said Elshorbagy, who triumphed at the Qatar Classic World Series tournament in Qatar just three days ago.
“It is the biggest title in the sport. If you can only win one title then it’s the one that you want and it’s one that I’ve been dreaming of since I was a young kid.”
After a superb 2014/15 campaign which saw him take the coveted World #1 spot and capture the prestigious Allam British Open, Elshorbagy says that the only thing missing from a glittering season was a World Championship triumph.
“Last season I set myself three goals, to become the World #1, to win the British Open, and to win the World Championship,” he said.
“The World Championship was the only one I didn’t achieve so I’m working as hard as I can to make sure that I peak for it this year. The schedule has been tough, playing the U.S. Open then the Qatar Classic and then back to the United States, but as a professional athlete you have to deal with the situation you are in.”
Elshorbagy meets Mexican Alfredo Avila in round one and is on the opposite side of the draw to Ashour, which means that a repeat of last year’s spectacular showdown in Doha could be on the horizon.
Source: PSA Media report