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Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) takes on Daryl Selby (right) in the last 32 of the Windy City Open

Windy City Open RD2: ElShorbagy Overcomes Selby

Defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy got his reign at World No.1 off to a winning start as he overcame English veteran Daryl Selby to reach the last 16 of the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family.

ElShorbagy claimed top spot for the fourth time in his career after beating World Champion Tarek Momen in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and, in his first match since overthrowing fellow Egyptian Ali Farag, he got the better of World No.26 Selby by an 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 margin,

37-year-old Selby was war weary after coming through a gruelling 98-minute battle with World No.40 Lucas Serme in the previous round, but he was still able to put ElShorbagy under pressure at times with some hard running and well-placed shots into the front of the court.

However, ElShorbagy had the edge physically, and he soon ground Selby down to book his spot in the next round, where he will play either Mazen Hesham or Mexico’s Cesar Salazar.

“It was my first match on the glass, so in my mind I knew he had a long match yesterday, but at the same time I wanted to get my accuracy going on the glass court, which isn’t very easy on the first day,” said ElShorbagy.

“I feel blessed to be able to live this [the World No.1 spot] one more time in my career. A lot of people try to get to that position and try to live it one day, so to be able to live it for 40 months in my career, I feel really blessed and lucky.

“I’m 29, I’m not going to be playing forever, and I worked really hard for it, but it doesn’t mean that I was going to get it back. I’ve been doing a lot of things differently this year, every season I come back and do things differently. If you stay the same, it means you go backwards, you have to change and improve and keep up with different generations.

“I’ve had to do things differently with my movement to the front of the court. When I got to World No.1 at 22 I just hit the ball hard and got everything back, I can’t do that anymore, I would just get tired during the first game. When you’re at the top you get studied more than anyone on tour, so they get weaknesses out of you.

“I’m excited to see what weaknesses my opponents will get out of me so I can go home and improve them to be an even better player. I’m excited for the journey and let’s see where it takes me.”

[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (30m)

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