Mohamed ElShorbagy -02- (EGY) def Victor Crouin -55- (FRA)
Round-1 Score: 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 (33m)
Match recap from Squash Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the 2019 PSA Mens World Championship.
After his first victory over 20-year-old Frenchman Victor Crouin, the “Beast of Alexandria” admitted deep respect for Crouin’s game. He’s been following the Harvard Student since his tremendous career in the Junior ranks. After the match, the former World #1 went so far as to compare Victor’s game to French great and 2004 World Champion Thierry Lincou.
High praise for the World #55. High praise for MIT’s head coach, as well.
Announcer Corner | Player Introductions
 Mohamed ElShorbagy -02- (EGY)
Very few in the history of the PSA World Tour have been as dominant as “The Beast of Alexandria.” Now a 3-time World Championship Finalist, in 2017 he captured the sport’s biggest title for the first time – defeating Ramy Ashour, Nick Matthew, Gregory Gaultier, then younger-brother Marwan in the championship match. No other active player owns more PSA Platinum titles. He is an 18-time Platinum champion, owns 39 PSA titles in all, and has held the World #1 ranking for 3-years and 4-months combined. 12-years-ago, he made his Doha debut at just 16-years-old. Since then, he’s captured 3 Qatar Classic titles on this court, appeared in his first two World Championship Finals, and in 2017 – broke Jansher Khan’s long-standing record by appearing in his 6th consecutive Doha Final. Competing in his 12th PSA World Championship, from Egypt – He is the Beast of Alexandria, Mohamed Elshorbagy.
Victor Crouin -55- (FRA)
A student at Harvard and just 20-years-old, he is one of the hottest players on Tour – and comes into this year’s PSA World Championship with a career-high ranking of World #55. 11-days-ago, in his Platinum debut at the Egptian Open, he reached the Final-16 with wins over World #22 Cesar Salazar, and World #15 Zahed Salem. Back in July, he ended the season by going on a 13-match winning streak, capturing 3 consecutive titles – and now owns 8 PSA titles in all, in 13 career Finals. This season, he picked up right where he left off, winning his first event at the Marietta Open, and reaching the Final Cleveland – before his impressive run in Giza. Competing in his 2nd PSA World Championship – from France, he is Victor Crouin.