Career Wins and Losses of Amr Shabana

 

In a career that has spanned almost 20 years, Amr Shabana has taken the squash world by storm pretty much from the moment he turned pro in 1995. The Egyptian wizard has a knack for hitting some of the most incredible shots, but he also has the stamina and speed to make life uncomfortable for any opponent.

Shabana's career took off in Lahore, Pakistan when he won the 2003 World Open in an incredible final against Thierry Lincou. He was only the ninth seed entering the tournament, making him a rank outsider to claim a finals berth. However, he dealt with third seeded David Palmer in the third round, which meant that everyone in the squash world stood up to take notice of this new superstar. Shabana's 2003 World Open got even better as he beat Anthony Ricketts in the quarter final, before squaring off with Karim Darwish in the semi finals.

Darwish was a senior member of the squash tour when these two met in the 2003 semi final. His experience was thought to be too much for the young and raw Shabana, but Amr had other ideas. He took care of Darwish in a four game epic to set up a final match against Thierry Lincou.

Shabana was a relative unknown at the time, but he took Lincou by surprise in the showpiece final. The first set went to Shabana, 15-11, but Lincou fought back to take the second set. However, Shabana proved too good for his more senior competitor, taking the third and fourth sets to win the title.

The Egyptian went on to win the World Open of Squash three more times. He took home the trophy in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Each of these three titles came with a straight sets finals win over David Palmer, Gregory Gaultier and Ramy Ashour respectively.

Shabana also had a brilliant run in the Hong Kong Open from 2006 to 2009, making four finals appearances and winning four trophies in that period. He defeated Ramy Ashour in 2006, while his opponent from 2007 to 2009 was Gregory Gaultier. Despite Gaultier's best efforts, Shabana got the better of him for three years in a row.

Winning the British Open is the only major squash honor that eluded Shabana. He only made one appearance in the final and that was in 2004. Despite coming off a fantastic 2003 season, he was not quite up to the mark, playing against David Palmer in the final and losing in four sets.

Despite winning the Qatar Classic once and the United States Open two times, Shabana had to go through the disappointment of two finals losses in each tournament. He lost the 2008 and 2010 Qatar Open Finals to Karim Darwish, while his US Open quests in 2006 and 2014 were ended by Gregory Gaultier and Mohamed El Shorbagy respectively.

The most recent title for Amr Shabana came in January 2014, when he defeated Gregory Gaultier in the New York Tournament of Champions final. He won the World Series a year before that, beating Nick Matthew in the final to add to his stellar resume as one of the greatest squash players to ever play the game.