Reigning champion Ramy Ashour seeded four in World Championship
By NATHAN CLARKE
The draw for the 2015 PSA Men’s World Championship has been released and sees 112 of the world’s top players, headed by World No.1 and 2014 World Championship runner-up Mohamed Elshorbagy, travel to Bellevue, Washington, on November 15 for the tournament’s first appearance in the United States.
With 32 countries represented in an entry list that spans six continents and with a $325,000 prize fund, this year’s event is set to be the best World Championships ever as Elshorbagy looks to recover from his heartbreak defeat in the final in Doha 12 months ago.
Ramy Ashour, the man who beat him in that historic encounter, lines up on opposite sides of the draw and could reignite the dramatic rivalry with his fellow Egyptian in the final.
Ashour will have to overcome Mazen Hesham, the young maverick who impressed at the recent Delaware Investments US Open, in round one as he bids for a fourth World Championship crown and could face Nick Matthew – a three-time World Champion – in a blockbuster semi-final. Matthew faces a tough first round against hard-hitting Australian number one Cameron Pilley.
Recent Delaware Investments US Open winner Gregory Gaultier, a four-time World Championship runner-up, will be hoping to break his title duck in the land of opportunity and could line up against Elshorbagy in the semi-finals, but with all the world’s best players on show, the path to glory will be fraught with danger.
“The World Championship is the most prestigious title in squash and to be taking the sport’s pinnacle event to an American audience for the first time in history is tremendously exciting for everyone involved,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“The draw itself highlights the diversity of professional squash with the sheer amount of countries and continents represented and, with a number of exciting younger players coming through to challenge the old guard, this instalment of the World Championship promises to be one of the most exciting yet.”
The event takes place from Sunday November 15 – Sunday November 22. Tickets can be purchased at: www.worldsquashchamps2015.com
2015 PSA Men’s World Championship Draw.
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v Alfredo Avila (MEX)
Tom Richards (ENG) v [Qualifier]
James Willstrop (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v  Saurav Ghosal (IND)
 Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [Qualifier]
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Qualifier]
Campbell Grayson (NZL) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Julian Illingworth (USA) v  Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
 Simon Rösner (GER) v [Qualifier]
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [Qualifier]
Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Greg Lobban (SCO) v  Max Lee (HKG)
 Peter Barker (ENG) v Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
Nasir Iqbal (PAK) v Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
Lucas Serme (FRA) v  Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 Borja Golan (ESP) v Alister Walker (BOT)
Shaun Le Roux (RSA) v Paul Coll (NZL)
Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Adrian Grant (ENG) v Diego Elias (PER)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v [Qualifier]
Chris Simpson (ENG) v  Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) v Leo Au (HKG)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
Declan James (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
Pictures courtesy of PSA