World No. 1’s Elshorbagy and El Welily Lead U.S. Open Draws

2014 U.S. Open champion Mohamed Elshorbagy returns to Philadelphia as the top seed. (image: Steve Line/squashpics.com)

2014 U.S. Open champion Mohamed Elshorbagy returns to Philadelphia as the top seed. (image: Steve Line/squashpics.com)

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Draws for the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships have been released with Egyptian world No. 1’s Mohamed Elshorbagy and Raneem El Welily seeded first as the main draw match ups are revealed at Drexel University, October 8-17.

El Welily (L) and Nicol David contested the 2012 U.S. Open final, and are seeded to do so again in 2015.

El Welily (L) and Nicol David contested the 2012 U.S. Open final, and are seeded to do so again in 2015.

Twenty-four-year-old Elshorbagy earned the world’s top ranking for the first time in his young career by winning his first U.S. Open title last year, and has retained the world’s top ranking since. English world No. 2 Nick Matthew is seeded to meet Elshorbagy in the final in what has been one of the tour’s most heated rivalries of late. Elshorbagy recently defeated Matthew in the British Grand Prix last week in their first encounter of the season.

September marked a historic month for women’s squash as El Welily ended Nicol David’s unprecedented 109-month run as world No. 1 to become the first Egyptian woman to top the world’s rankings. The No. 1 ranking ensured El Welily the top seed in Philadelphia, where David is seeded second and predicted to reach the final where she would defend her U.S. Open title for the third year in a row. El Welily’s season is off to a winning start having won the season-opening China Open, where David lost in the quarterfinals against Egyptian world junior champion Nouran Gohar, whom David may face in the second round of the U.S. Open. David’s season worsened this week when the Malaysian was forced to withdraw from the Macau Open due to a calf injury, ensuring El Welily will stay atop the world rankings come October.

2015 marks the return of 2012 U.S. Open champion and reigning men’s world champion Ramy Ashour who enters the draw seeded fifth. Ashour hopes to put his injury-ridden past few seasons behind him with three major tournaments lined up so far this fall: the NetSuite Open in San Francisco next week, then the U.S. Open in October, and the World Series Qatar Classic in November. Ashour has the potential to set up a rematch of the epic world championship final in Philadelphia against top-seeded Elshorbagy in the quarterfinals, October 14, should both Egyptians progress two rounds.

2012 U.S. Open champion Ramy Ashour is set to compete in his first U.S. Open since claiming the title.

2012 U.S. Open champion Ramy Ashour is set to compete in his first U.S. Open since claiming the title.

U.S. national champion Amanda Sobhy faces a difficult first-round draw against British national champion Sarah-Jane Perry, October 11, on the ASB GlassCourt. The winner will likely take on 2011 U.S. Open champion and 2013 finalist Laura Massaro in the round of sixteen, then potentially David in the quarterfinals. American wild card Sabrina Sobhy will face Egypt’s world No. 6 Omneya Abdel Kawy on Drexel’s Kline & Specter courts, October 11.

American men’s wild card Chris Gordon will face English world No. 17 Daryl Selby for the third time in his career on the ASB GlassCourt, October 11. Selby most recently defeated Gordon in the 2014 Bluenose Classic.

2015 British Open champion and 2014 U.S. Open semifinalist Camille Serme enters the U.S. Open draw as the three seed in the top half of the draw, her highest U.S. Open seeding to date, while England’s Alison Waters is seeded fourth in the bottom half of the draw.

After the best year of his career so far, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez also enters the draw with his highest U.S. Open seeding to date as the four seed in the bottom half of the draw. 2013 U.S. Open champion Gregory Gaultier is seeded third in the top half of the draw.

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