World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy has been named PSA Player of the Month for September.
ElShorbagy enjoyed an incredible run of form in September which saw him claim two consecutive PSA World Tour Gold title at the China Squash Open and the San Francisco Open.
At his first tournament of the season in Shanghai, the former World No.1 proved to be unstoppable as he powered through early rounds of difficult matches before putting World No.1 Ali Farag to the sword in the final by an 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 in 60 minutes.
The Bristol-based Egyptian then continued his rich vein of form to claim victory in San Francisco, where he overcame compatriot and World No.3 Tarek Momen in a thrilling five-game battle in the final to win his second san Francisco Open title.
He is looking forward to the first PSA World Tour Platinum event of the season as the world’s top players head to Philadelphia for the U.S. Open this week.
The 28-year-old claimed his third title in Philadelphia last season when he defeated Germany’s Simon Rosner in five-games in the final and the Bristol-based Egyptian is targeting a repeat performance this year.
“To try and defend the title is obviously something that I aim for,” said ElShorbagy. “I want to try and win the title again. I’ve won it three times and each time it was really hard and every year it gets harder, every year the players are playing better and everyone raises their game.
“I’m going to try and do the same thing and hopefully I can win it for the fourth time this year.”
Six years ago, ElShorbagy became World No.1 at the coveted tournament and he admitted the place holds special memories for him.
“It’s a tournament where I have a lot of good memories. I became World No.1 when I was 22 there, six years ago. I remember I had my mother there with me and it was a really nice moment for both of us to share it together.”