By Egypt Today Staff
Egyptians are taking over the quarter-finals of squash's 2015 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. Mohamed Elshorbagy, who is No. 1 in the squash world rankings, Amr Shabana (No. 3) and Tarek Momen (No. 7) made it through the second round of the tournament, held in New York's Grand Central Terminal on January 18.
Elshorbagy, 24, has been unstoppable over the past year. He made it past Swiss national champion Nicolas Mueller in Round 2 after coming out on top in a 62-minute match with a 11-3, 5-11, 15-13, 11-6 win. Both Elshorbagy and Mueller fought until the bitter end in what turned out to be a thrilling match with both performing at their best.
"When I got the game ball opportunity I didn't want to let it go," Elshorbagy told the Professional Squash Association. "I wanted to make sure that I didn't waste it because Nicolas played a great match and it was a very tough battle against him."
Mohamed Elshorbagy is the fourth youngest player ever to become World No. 1 in squash, and in 2014 he won the Delaware Investments US Open at Philadelphia’s Drexel University and Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open.
While three Egyptian squash players will go on to compete in the quarterfinals, one Egyptian champion has been forced to sit this round out. On January 7, 2014 PSA World Champion Ramy Ashour was forced to withdrawal from the tournament due to an injury.
The 2015 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions quarter-finals are scheduled for January 20.