Mohamed ElShorbagy is now the world's number one squash player after beating fellow Egyptian Amr Shabana in the US Open Final.
Egypt dominance in squash has been globally recognised for over a decade. Proving that Egypt’s prowess in the sport is secure for the foreseeable future is Mohamed ElShorbagy who won the US Open on Sunday.
In a showdown between countrymen, ElShorbagy faced off against fellow Egyptian Amr Shabana in the US Open Final. Winning three sets to one, ElShorbagy managed to defeat his opponent in only 46 minutes. ElShorbagy reached the final after beating (now former) world number one Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the semifinal. The win marked the 199th victory for the 23-year-old, which lifted him for their first time in his career to the world’s top ranked player.
After the game, an elated ElShorbagy expresses to Ahram Online that "I just can't believe what has happened. It's just been such an unbelievable week for me - I knew I could become number one coming into this tournament but I didn't think both things would happen…[This] is just the first step on the ladder."
Next month the newly crowned World #1 will be playing at 2014 Qatar Championships, where he will likely face-off with last year’s winner Nick Matthew. CairoScene congratulate Mohamed ElShorbagy on the accomplishment, as it is always great news when a dedicated Egyptian reaches the top of the world.