Egyptian stars looking to be crowned squash kings at PSA Dubai World Series

Nick Watkins 26/05/2018
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On form: Nour El Sherbini

Egypt will be heavily represented at this season’s ATCO PSA Dubai World Series as players go head-to-head for the last major title of the year.

The sixteen qualifiers were confirmed earlier this week after the conclusion of the Allam British Open. In the women’s standings, Egypt’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini was the top qualifier for the Dubai competition, leading the way with 515 points thanks to four World Series titles this season, including her British Open win where she defeated compatriot Raneem El Welily.

World Champion El Welily sits second in the rankings after winning the El Gouna International title and finishing runner-up at four other World Series events over the course of the season, earning her 425 points. Nour El Tayeb completes an Egyptian top three as the U.S. Open and Windy City Open champion scored 385 points to secure a place in her first World Series Finals.

The men’s final eight sees six Egyptians heading to Dubai. World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy leads the standings after a triumphant season, which saw him claim three World Series titles and three runner-ups finishes, earning him 485 points.

World No.2 Ali Farag qualified in second place with 360 points, after the Harvard-graduate enjoyed his best season to date on the PSA World Tour, winning his first World Series title at the U.S. Open and reaching a career-high World Ranking.

Rounding off an Egyptian top three is Marwan ElShorbagy, Mohamed’s younger brother. The 24-year-old has also enjoyed his best ever season after consistently appearing at the latter stages of the big tournaments and winning his first ever World Series title at the El Gouna International.

Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals will see players compete for a Dhs1,175,408 ($320,000) prize fund. The tournament runs from 5th-9th June at Emirates Golf Club with tickets available from www.platinumlist.net.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates dismissing Alastair Cook of England during the NatWest 1st Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord's Cricket Ground on May 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Mohammad Amir celebrates the dismissal of Alastair Cook on day one.

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Simple steps to keep your body active during Ramadan by Red Bull's Omeir Saeed

Nick Watkins 24/05/2018
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Sky's the limit: Omeir Saeed in action

Red Bull wakeboard athlete Omeir Saeed finds himself working out between three-five times a week during the holy month as well as being on the water every day. For the second article in his month-long column, Saeed explains the simple exercises you should do to keep your body moving during Ramadan. 

Running

Before working out I’ll do some warm-ups to get my blood flowing which includes starting off with five minutes on the treadmill. It’s a good way to loosen up, but you shouldn’t do anything that’s going to tire yourself out completely just do enough so your body feels loose when it comes to the actual work out.

High knees

These are always part of my warm up, which I recommend doing before you even get on the board. You’re prone to injury as a wakeboarder especially if you try a trick and it doesn’t come off when your muscles are cold. Whatever sport you’re into this exercise will benefit you.

Skipping

This is a great way to ease into a workout because you can control the tempo and it’s a really good cardio exercise. The other thing is everyone can do it, even just doing two minutes will get your heart rate racing, and you’ll see quick progress in your rhythm too.

Legs

It’s important as a wakeboarder to have strong knees, so I recommend you do weighted squats to really work your glutes and quads. During Ramadan I’ll focus mainly on legs because when I go to the cable park in the evening all I’m using is my arms, and if I work them hard in the gym beforehand the muscles are already tired.

Abs
Having a strong core is key to being an athlete and so I do sit ups with a heavy ball to work my abdominal muscles. Try and do a regular sit up with the ball above your head as you come up, tap it either side of your body then go down again. I also plank every time I go to the gym.

Stretching

It’s important to do this before and after a workout, I tend to make sure my legs are nice and loose beforehand and make sure to warm down after being on the water. A warm up can be as simple as touching your toes with your leg straight and holding it for a minute, then switch.

Warm down

The foam roller is your best friend after a workout. It’s really important to me to stretch out my body after exercise. I recommend if you work out for 30 minutes you should spend the next 30 minutes really warming down my muscles.

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