Elshorbagy Is New World No.1
23-year-old Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy has climbed to the top of the PSA World Tour rankings, overtaking 31-year-old Frenchman Gregory Gaultier to become the fourth youngest player ever to become squash World No.1.
Elshorbagy enters the record books behind only Pakistani legends Jahangir and Jansher Khan, who both topped the charts aged 18, and compatriot Ramy Ashour who became number one aged 22, courtesy of his victory over Gaultier in the semi-finals of the 2014 Delaware Investments US Open and Nick Matthew‘s defeat to four-time World Champion Amr Shabana in the other last four encounter.
He now goes intoSaturday’s(October 18) final knowing that he will sit atop the charts for the first time in his career when the latest rankings come out onNovember 1in what he described as a dream moment come true.
“It feels unbelievable right now,”said Elshorbagy.
“It’s been a dream to get to that spot and I can’t believe I’m there right now. I came into this tournament knowing there was a big chance to get that World No.1 ranking for the first time in my life but I was able to control that emotion well.
“However when I woke up this morning I was so nervous. I spoke to Jonah (Barrington) and my mother and managed to control it and I think actually those nerves helped a little bit today and I’m really glad I was able to win.
“Once I knew that I could become No.1 at this tournament I called my mum and told her I needed her out here for the competition and I’m so pleased it has happened.”
Elshorbagy will now take on Shabana, 12-years his senior, in his fourth consecutive PSA World Tour finale where he’ll be aiming to keep his 17 match winning-streak alive.