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Marwan Elshorbagy celebrates a win during the 2016 Colombia Open

ElShorbagy Aiming for Back-to-Back Titles in PSA Sporta


World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy will bid to win back-to-back PSA World Tour titles for the first time in his career when he tops the draw at the Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, PSA M50 tournament, which starts on Wednesday May 18 in Guatemala.

The 22-year-old, who is the younger brother of World No.1 Mohamed, triumphed in last week’s Houston Open with a 3-1 win over fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar in the final – a win that yielded the sixth PSA World Tour title of his career.

ElShorbagy will be making his final appearance of the 2015/16 season in Guatemala, a campaign which has seen him lift his biggest title to date at last month’s Grasshopper Cup in addition to breaking into the world’s top 10 for the first time.

However, ElShorbagy has arguably the hardest first round encounter of the seeded players, with World Junior Champion Diego Elias standing between him and a place in the quarter-final. The talented Peruvian, 19, has struggled for form of late, but a narrow 3-2 defeat to Abouelghar in Houston showed signs that he was approaching something resembling his best.

Spain’s Borja Golan is seeded to meet ElShorbagy in the final, and he lost out to the Egyptian in the opening round of March’s Allam British Open. Golan has exited his last four tournaments with 3-2 defeats, but two semi-final finishes thus far in 2016 demonstrated his ability to reach the latter stages of events.

The former World No.5, who has a solitary PSA World Tour title to his name this season after September’s CCI International JSW Indian Squash Circuit triumph, begins his event against Mexico’s Arturo Salazar.

Talented Egyptian Mazen Hesham will look to recover from his semi-final exit at the hands of ElShorbagy in Houston with victory over Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie in the first round.

The World No.17 has emerged as one of the most flamboyant and exciting players on the PSA World Tour and, despite spending three months on the sidelines due to a leg injury, has had something of a breakthrough season and is currently ranked 16 places higher at World No.17 compared to this time last year.

Abouelghar is also in action in Guatemala and will be hoping to avenge his final defeat to ElShorbagy in Houston. The 22-year-old has had a strong season that has seen him claim one PSA World Tour title and two runner-up finishes, in addition to reaching a career-high World No.22 ranking last month. This time around, Abouelghar is seeded to clash with ElShorbagy in the semi-final, and will need to navigate a potential banana skin first round fixture against Alfredo Avila if he is to attempt another title charge.

Main Draw: PSA M50, Sporta IX Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta, Guatemala
[1] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Diego Elias (PER)
[Q] Henrik Mustonen (FIN) v [8] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[6] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [WC] Eddie Charlton (ENG)
Alfredo Avila (MEX) v [4] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[3] Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [Q] Christopher Binnie (JAM)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [5] Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[7] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v [Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[Q] Arturo Salazar (MEX) v [2] Borja Golan (ESP)

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