UWE squash star Mohamed Elshorbagy celebrates first senior world series triumph

Issue date: 21 November 2013

Picture of Mohamed Elshorbagy courtesy of Squash Site

Congratulations to UWE Bristol Business student Mohamed Elshorbagy, who has just won the Senior World Men's Squash Championships in Doha, Qatar.

He won the first PSA World Series title of his career at the Qatar Classic on November 16. The squash star, aged just 22, beat current world champion Nick Matthew, 11 years his senior.

According to the PSA, Mohamed produced an awesome performance against the higher-ranked Englishman in the climax of the seventh PSA World Series event.

Fifth seed Mohamed, who is the world number 6, won the opening game of the contest 11-5. Third seed Nick Matthew, ranked world number 4, took the second game to level the match, and scored a series of winners in the third game to move 6-2 ahead. Then the tables turned and Mohamed took control with nine winners in a row to regain the lead. Nick Matthew took the fourth game but in the deciding game Mohamed clinched the title with a trademark backhand volley. The final score was 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-4 to Mohamed in a match that lasted 83 minutes.

He said, “It has been a very emotional week here in Qatar winning my first world series event! Beating the current world champion 3/2 today – I can't express how I feel right now – but thanks to all my supporters and hopefully this will be the start of many more to come!”

Mohamed has been supported by a scholarship through the UWE High Performance programme and together with his younger brother, Marwan, is a valued sporting ambassador for the University. Marwan is currently World Junior Squash Champion, having taken the title last December.

The brothers have dominated the world championships winning the junior title four times between them in five years.

Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE said, “We all hope this breakthrough victory on the world tour is just the start of many more to come. Mohamed is the highest performing member of an extremely talented group of squash playing students attending UWE.

“The UWE's student squash environment enables players to train and learn from highly respected coach Hadrian Stiff as well as access quality sport science support services through the UWE Centre for Sport. This combination is attracting potential stars of the future from all over the globe, with world ranked student athletes from eight different countries across three continents currently learning the game at UWE.”

UWE High Performance is a specialist scheme to support top performing athletes whose sport fits within the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) framework. The scheme includes a range of bursaries and a team of dedicated sports performance staff to support students.

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