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Mohamed Elshorbagy is aiming for a third Motor City Open crown

Elshorbagy Leads Superb Field in Motor City Open

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World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy heads a strong draw in the 2016 Motor City Open, PSA M70 tournament and harbours intentions of claiming a third title at the established event in Detroit, United States.

The Egyptian won this tournament in both 2011 and 2014 and comes into this year’s event on the back of some superb form having taken three successive PSA World Series titles at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open and Qatar Classic in recent months.

Elshorbagy suffered an injury in the opening round of last year’s tournament which meant that he succumbed to a first round loss against Australia’s Cameron Pilley but the man from Alexandria soon recovered and has claimed five PSA World Tour titles since then.

The 25-year-old gets his tournament under way against England’s Adrian Waller in a repeat of the pair’s first round clash at the Tournament of Champions which Elshorbagy won 3-0.

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew makes his return to the Motor City Open after an 11-year hiatus and recaptured some of his best form in New York at the Tournament of Champions where he narrowly lost out to Elshorbagy in the final.

‘The Wolf’, who reached the semi-final stage at the 2005 Motor City Open, is without a PSA World Tour title since March’s Canary Wharf Classic – his longest title drought for three years – but remains one of the fittest and most experienced competitors on the PSA World Tour. Matthew lines up against Mohamed Abouelghar, the 22-year-old Egyptian who has six PSA World Tour titles to his name, in the first round.

Mathieu Castagnet may not have lifted any PSA World Tour silverware since 2014 but the Frenchman looks set to come into the Motor City Open full of confidence after reaching his first ever PSA World Series semi-final last week at the Tournament of Champions.

The 29-year-old, who reached the last four here last year, has firmly established himself amongst the world’s top 10 in recent months and heads to Detroit with an outside chance of picking up a third PSA World Tour title. Castagnet meets experienced Fin Olli Tuominen in round one.

Max Lee was another of 2015’s semi-finalists and will be looking to progress even further this time around. The 28-year-old from Hong Kong started the 2015/16 season in fine fettle, capturing his 11th PSA World Tour title at the Macau Open in addition to claiming a huge scalp against Elshorbagy at the Stars on the Bund China Open but his form has tailed off slightly in the last few months. However, at his best, Lee is one of the most mobile and dangerous players on the PSA World Tour and is one to watch in Detroit. Lee goes head-to-head with compatriot Leo Au in the opening round and could set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with 2009 winner Borja Golan if both players win their respective first round fixtures.

Main Draw: PSA M70, Motor City Open, Detroit, United States
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[Q] Diego Elias (PER) v [7] Ali Farag (EGY)
[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Nasir Iqbal (PAK)
[Q] Olli Tuominen (FIN) v [3] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[4] Max Lee (HKG) v [Q] Leo Au (HKG)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [6] Borja Golan (ESP)
[8] Chris Simpson (ENG) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

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