Elshorbagy Sends Warning to
World Championship Rivals
Squash World No.1 Mohamed
Elshorbagy says he is relishing the prospect of beginning his
2014 Qatar PSA World Championship campaign and has sent a
warning to all his championship competitors - "You haven't
seen the best of me yet."
The 23-year-old Bristol-based Egyptian, originally from
Alexandria, has stormed the PSA World Tour so far this season
winning four consecutive tournaments, including the prestigious
Hong Kong Open and U.S. Open World Series events,
but he says there is more to come.
am really looking forward to the World Championship and
especially so as I'm going into the competition as the World
No.1," said Elshorbagy.
"I have been training all summer for this tournament and I
am confident that my performances there will be higher than
they have been so far this season. Even though I have won my
last four tournaments, I know I can still perform better.
"I am in great form at the moment but that's not fooling me.
The World Championship for me is more important than all the
other events I have won and I am going there with my eye on
one thing - winning the title."
After moving to England aged 15
to train under the guidance
of legendary squash icon Jonah Barrington, Elshorbagy has soared
through the World Rankings and claimed the coveted World No.1
spot for the first time in his career this November, knocking
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier off top spot in the process.
The physical powerhouse has recorded back-to-back victories over
the 31-year-old four-time World Championship runner-up and
having toppled defending World Champion Nick Matthew during the
final of the 2013 Qatar Classic in Doha, he's confident about
his chances against the other tournament favourites.
has recently said that there is no pressure on him going
into the competition but when he steps on court, he always
wants to win," said Elshorbagy, who's younger brother Marwan
will also be competing in the championship.
"That's the type of personality he is - he always wants to
win - but I know that even if he plays his best he will not
play as well as he used to play when he was at his peak.
"I beat him in the final here in 2013 and I know that I
haven't reached my peak yet and that I can perform even
better than I am doing now.
"Of course there is added pressure on me now because I am
the No.1 and the guy the other players are aiming for, but I
didn't get there for no reason. I love playing under
pressure and I think I perform my best in that situation."
Having won in Doha in 2013 and
having reached the final of the last World Championship to be
staged in the Middle Eastern state, in 2012, Elshorbagy also
says Qatar feels like a second home to him.
And despite the tournament installing a brand new court for the
2014 World Championship, he is determined to make the most of
love being in Qatar and I feel at ease here," he said. "The
court here feels like home to me and I'm not going to let
anyone take that away from me.
"I know Nick said recently that the new court could change
how I play here but I have been training on this court for
the past two weeks so I'm going into the competition ready
and better prepared than anyone else."