April - MEN'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Ashour wins Squash Player’s Player of the Month award
Ramy Ashour has been named Squash Player’s Men’s Player of the Month
after winning his first PSA Tour title in seven months in March.
The 30-year-old three-time world champion ended compatriot Mohamed
ElShorbagy's 12-match winning streak with an 11-8, 11-9, 11-6 victory in
a high-quality, 50-minute final of the Grasshopper Cup in Zurich,
The seventh seed brought back memories of his 49-match winning streak in
2012/13 as he stormed through the draw without dropping a game, also
beating world no.2 Gregory Gaultier and fourth seed Simon Rösner 3/0.
"I'm pouring with emotion right now," said Ashour, who has withdrawn
from seven events in the past two years, after the match. “It's been a
very hard two years - but I have proved to myself that I am there again.
"Mohamed is an amazing athlete. He is the world champion and he has been
doing amazing recently, but I'm happy with the way I played today. It
was a brutal match, but I'm glad I came out on top.
"I'm not surprised, because I did a lot of work and I've been through a
lot. I'm not being cocky - I'm saying what's really on my mind, because
I think I kind of deserve this and I hope we can play more of these
matches in the future."