World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy got his 2015 PSA Men’s World Championship campaign off to a winning start after dispatching Mexico’s Alfredo Avila 3-0 in the event’s opening round.
The Egyptian, who lost out to compatriot Ramy Ashour in last year’s final, exerted his physical superiority to great effect in the first game, powering the ball into the back of the court to surge to an 11-4 win.
He doubled his lead after holding of a resurgent Avila in the second with the Mexican almost recovering from 9-5 down before Elshorbagy put away his third game ball. The 24-year-old negotiated a closely-fought start to the third to record an 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 in 31 minutes to advance to the next round.
“Winning in Qatar last week was a confidence boost for sure,” said Elshorbagy.
“I felt great today. I thought Alfredo played very well and we kept pushing each other hard. It was a good first round, it’s good to have a rest day tomorrow and get ready for another late match the day after.
“Losing last year was tough but everything has made me the player I am today. I struggled a little bit after last year but I was able to come back with a Tournament of Champions win and the British Open. It was a test of character and to get back here the year after is tough and there are bad memories but I’m trying to put that behind me now and hopefully I will be able to play well this week.
“It’s the first time ever that the World Championship is in the United States. It’s great, the tournament has been set up perfectly for the players and I’m really looking forward to playing well here this week in Seattle for sure.”
Result – First Round: PSA Men’s World Championship 2015
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 (31m)
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