Marwan ElShorbagy (left) in action against older brother Mohamed at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Pic: PSA.

New Coaching Team Sets Welsh Wizards’ Ace Marwan On The Charge Ahead Of Premier League Home Clash

Marwan ElShorbagy, who plays number one for Cardiff-based Welsh Wizards, is running into sizzling form on the PSA World squash tour.

Bristol-based Egyptian Marwan earned one of the most significant wins of his career earlier in Doha, Qatar when he defeated older brother Mohamed to qualify for the World Championship semi-finals.

Marwan led Wizards to victory against St George’s in their last Premier Squash League home match and the Welsh team are now preparing for a home clash with London club Coolshurst.

Former World number three Marwan, now at 10, is intent on climbing the rankings and has been working with one of Mohamed’s biggest rivals – retired three-time World Champion Nick Matthew – since the summer and said the 37-year-old, alongside coach Haitham Effat, was one of the key reasons for his superb form in this tournament.

“I have so much experience in my corner here, in Haitham and Nick and the way they speak to me between games, it motivates me and pushes me,” says Marwan.

“Mohamed and I played five games in less than an hour, but it was really tough mentally for me. Mohamed is one of the most experienced players in the draw. 

“He has played against so many different generations, so I knew it was going to be really tough mentally much more than physically.

Egyptian Tarek Momen lifts the World Squyash Championship trophy. Pic: PSA.

“At the end it was all mental, and I gave it everything I had.”

Marwan went out after a momentous five-game semi-final against New Zealand’s Paul Coll, who won 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-7 and played Egyptian Tarek Momen in the final.

World number three Momen produced a sublime display to beat Coll and earn the World title crown. Momen and wife Raneem El Welily have become the first married couple in sporting history to become World Champions in the same sport.

The ElShorbagy brothers became the first brothers in history to contest the World Championship final when they went head-to-head in the final decider in Manchester during December 2017. 

Mohamed won the championship and had beaten Marwan 14 times in 17 clashes between the siblings before their quarter-final.

In Dohar, though, the younger ElShorbagy came out on top in just under an hour to win 11-6, 2-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-8.

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Marwen fell short of lifting the trophy, but he is in the best form of his career right now and looks certain to play for Wizards against Coolshurst at the Sport Wales National Centre on Tuesday, November 26.

The next home fixtures for Wizards are against Coolshurst on Tuesday, November 26 and Warwick on Tuesday, January 7.

The format is three men and two women. World number nine Tesni Evans is Wizards’ first string women’s player.

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Wizards squad – men: 

Marwan ElShorbaggy

World ranking: 11 (highest 3)

Born: Alexandria, Egypt

Residence: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 26

Omar Mosaad

World ranking: 13 (highest 3)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Residence: Cairo, Egypt

Club: Heliopoli

Age: 31

Edmon Lopez

World ranking: 59 (highest 54)

Born: Barcelona, Spain

Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Age: 23

Peter Creed

World ranking: 65 (highest 50)

Born: Caerphilly, Wales

Residence: Caerphilly, Wales

University: University of Wales, Cardiff

Club: Rhiwbina SRC

Age: 32

Emyr Evans. Pic: Simon King/Replay Images

Emyr Evans

World ranking: 114 (highest 112)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Residence: Cardiff, Wales

Age: 22

Elliott Morris Devred

World ranking: 251 (highest 227)

Born: Birmingham, England

Residence: Barry, Wales

Club: Leamington plus Cardiff SRC

Age: 21

James Peach

World ranking: 228 (highest 223)

Born: Doncaster, England

Resides: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 22

Moustafa Asal 

World ranking: 29 (highest 29)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Resides: Cairo, Egypt

Age: 18

Todd Harrity

World ranking: 47 (highest 44)

Born: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Resides: Bristol, England

University: Princeton

Age: 29

Wales and British champion Tesni Evans is in the Welsh Wizards team,.

Women: 

Tesni Evans

World ranking: 9 (highest 9)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Resides: Rhyl, Wales

Age: 26

Joshna Chinappa

World ranking: 13 (highest 10)

Born: Chennai, India

Resides: Bristol, England

Age: 33

Rachael Chadwick

World ranking: 53 (highest 53)

Born: Chester, England

Resides:  Chester, England

Club: Neston Cricket Club

Age: 29

Milou van der Heidjen

World ranking: 32 (highest 29)

Born: Veldhoven, Netherlands

Resides: Helmond, Netherlands 

Age: 28

Anna Kimberley

World ranking: 76 (highest 76)

Born: Ipswich, England

Resides: Colchester, Essex

University: Trinity

Age: 24

Anna Serme

World ranking: 66 (highest 63)

Left-handed

Born: Krnov, Czech Republic

Resides: Creteil, France

University: Paris-Sorbonne

Age: 28

Welsh Wizards

Professional Squash League fixtures

October

Tuesday 1 

Warwick v Welsh Wizards

Round two

Tuesday 15

Welsh Wizards v St George’s

Round three

November 

Tuesday 5

Wizards – no game

Round four

Tuesday 26

Welsh Wizards v Coolhurst

Round five

Tuesday 10

RAC v Welsh Wizards

Second Half fixtures

Round six

January

Tuesday 7

Welsh Wizards v Warwick

Round seven

Dates to be arranged

St George’s v Welsh Wizards

Round eight

Wizards – no game

Round nine

Coolhurst v Welsh Wizards

Round 10

Dates to be arranged

Welsh Wizards v RAC

Semi-finals and final to be arranged

2019-20 Tables

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