Egypt won a fourth Men World’s Team Championship title after defeating defending champions England (Photo: The World Squash Federation official website)
A week after Egypt won a fourth Men World’s Team Championship title, the country’s Squash players will be eyeing another world triumph in the prestigious individual contest in Manchester.
Fifteen Egyptian players kick off their World Championship campaign in the first round on Sunday, including defending champion Karim Abdel-Gawad and three-time winner Ramy Ashour.
The Egyptian participants also include the highly-rated Mohamed ElShorbagy, winner of two British Open titles. He is eyeing his maiden World Championship triumph, having lost to compatriot Ashour in the 2012 and 2014 finals.
“When I hear the title 'world champion', I feel butterflies, I don't know how to describe the feeling, it feels.. very addictive,” Ashour said in an interview with Squash TV.
“When I hear it I wouldn’t be smiling, I would be feeling responsibility, excitement, anxious, happy. I’m feeling all those emotions.”
The likes of Abdel-Gawad and Ashour are likely to face stiff competition from usual challengers Nick Matthew of England and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier.
Matthew won the title three times while Gaultier’s only triumph was in 2015, which came at the expense of Egypt’s Omar Mosaad who will also take part in this week’s World Championship in Manchester.
In the women’s contest, Nour El-Sherbini will be looking to win a third consecutive accolade, having triumphed in 2015 and 2016 in Malaysia and Egypt respectively.
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