Mohamed Elshorbagy def Tsz Fung Yip

Andy Taylor Announcer 2018 Qatar Classic Round 2 Victory Mohamed ElShorbagy
Announcer Andy Taylor | The Voice of the Qatar Classic | Photo: Steve Cubbins
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[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy -01- (EGY) def Tsz Fung Yip -27- (HKG)

Match recap from Squash Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the Qatar Classic.

[vector_icon icon=”fas fa-check-circle”] Round-2 Final: 11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 (34m)

Today, 25-year-old Tsz Fung Yip got his first crack at the World #1 Mohamed Elshorbagy. He played well, convincingly taking game-3 to extend the match.

But let’s be honest. Defending champion Mohamed Elshorbagy owns this glass court. Since his Doha debut in 2007, he’s won 3 Qatar Classic titles, reached the Final 4-times, and took Ramy Ashour to a deciding-game in both the 2012 and 2014 World Championships. Since winning his first qualifying match in Doha 11-years-ago, he’s now won 35 matches, and lost only 7.

After 34-minutes, Yip became just another notch in the Beast of Alexandria’s belt

Each player’s announcer introduction for today’s Round-2 match…

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[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy -01- (EGY)

He is the defending and 3-time Qatar Classic Champion. Last year on this court, he reached his 6th successive championship match in Doha – eclipsing legend Jansher Khan’s record of five consecutive Finals between 1992 and ’96. The World #1, he has held the sport’s top-ranking for 3-years combined – more than any other active player – and earlier this month, captured his 18th career Platinum-level title at the US Open. One of only nine men in squash history to win the year-end PSA World Tour Finals more than once, he now owns a grand total of 32 PSA titles, and has reached 52 career championship matches. Competing in his 9th Qatar Classic Squash Championship – From Egypt, please welcome the reigning World Champion, PSA World Tour Finals Champion, and the #1 Player in the World – The Beast of Alexandria – Mohamed ElShorbagy.

▲ R1 — Bye

36-months as the sport’s top player – ElShorbagy is #5 on the all-time list of World #1’s:
  1. Janshir Khan (PAK) — 97-months — Played Feb-87 to Dec-98 / 11-year career
  2. Jahangir Khan (PAK) — 94-months — Apr-80 to Nov-93 / 13-year career
  3. Peter Nicol (ENG) — 60-months — Jan-92 to Oct-06 / 14-year career
  4. Geoff Hunt (AUS) — 59-months — Jan-75 to Mar-82 / 7-year career, nearly 5 spent as World #1
  5. Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) — 36-months — Aug-06 to Present / 12-year career continues
Tsz Fung Yip -27- (HKG)

Last season, this 25-year-old captured his 5th PSA World Tour title at the Macau Open, defeating the “Hammer of Thor” Omar Mossad in the championship match. 3-months later, he reached his 12th tour-level Final at the Malaysian Open, and climbed to a career-high ranking of World #25. So far this season, he earned Silver at the Asian Games Team Championship, reached the Final of the World University Championship, then the Semifinals of the Hong Kong FC International; and 2-weeks-ago at the US Open, reached the 2nd-Round of a PSA World Tour Platinum event for the fourth time. Competing in his 3rd Qatar Classic Squash Champsionship, yesterday he defeated Qatari Wild Card Syed Azlan Amjad to reach the 2nd-Round here in Doha for the first time. From Hong Kong, please welcome Tsz Fung Yip.

▲ R1 — def [WC] Syed Azlan Amjad -150- (QAT) | Score: 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (24m) | RECAP