Elshorbagy headlines men’s
adding his name to the illustrious list of Allam British
Open title winners in 2015, 25-year-old Egyptian World
No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy returns to Hull next week
as favourite to successfully defend his crown.
Elshorbagy joined the likes of squash legends Jonah
Barrington, Geoff Hunt, Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan
on the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’ winners list but he knows
he will have to be at his very best in order to fulfil
his hopes of becoming a two-time champion.
Elshorbagy has taken the title at four of five PSA World
Series tournaments so far during the 2015/16 season and
will begin his British Open campaign against a qualifier
as part of the top half of a draw which also features
World #4 Omar Mosaad, former World #1 James
Willstrop, World #6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez,
recent Canary Wharf Classic winner Mathieu Castagnet
and his younger brother Marwan ElShorbagy.
bottom half of the draw sees Nick Matthew, who at
35-years-old is the oldest competitor already in this
year’s main draw, and 2014 champion Gregory Gaultier
seeded to meet in the semi-finals should both make it
that far, while 2013 winner Ramy Ashour is
afforded an ‘under the radar’ status as he returns to
the British Open for the first time since 2014 amidst
yet more question marks surrounding his fitness.
Massaro tops women's draw
After falling at the last hurdle
against Frenchwoman Camille Serme in the 2015
Allam British Open, England’s World No.1 Laura
Massaro, who became just the third English player to
top the World Rankings this January, returns to Hull's
Airco Arena as favourite to triumph at the prestigious
‘Wimbledon of Squash’.
Massaro, the 2013 British Open champion, has taken two
of five PSA World Series titles available so far during
the 2015/16 season, at the U.S. Open and Qatar Classic,
but with Nicol David, Raneem El Welily and
Nour El Sherbini all also having tasted success
and with the likes of defending champion Serme,
Tournament of Champions runner-up Amanda Sobhy
and serial semi-finalists Nouran Gohar and
Omneya Abdel Kawy also in the mix, the 2016 British
Open could be one of the most competitive tournament's
in the event's illustrious history.
begins her bid for the title against a qualifier on
March 22 en route to a likely quarter-final clash with
2015 winner Serme.
El Welily, the woman who ended David's nine-year reign
as World No.1, is seeded to meet Massaro in the
semi-finals while David and El Sherbini could clash in a
their third consecutive World Series semi-final - where
the Malaysian will be hoping to stop a run of three
consecutive defeats to the Egyptian.
Serme will begin her defence with a tricky encounter
with tournament wildcard and local favourite Fiona
Moverley while Gohar and Sobhy will be hoping to
progress beyond the last eight stage when they are
seeded to meet El Welily and El Sherbini, respectively.
British Open Champions talk about the 2016 Open
Camille Serme |
Nicol David |
Mohamed Elshorbagy |
Nick Matthew |
ahead to 2016
ahead to 2016