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Name: Amr Shabana
Country: Egypt
Date of Birth: 20 July 1979 
Height: 173 cms
Place of Birth: Cairo
Place of Residence: Cairo
Current World Ranking (Feb 05): 7
Highest World Ranking (Jan 04): 5
National Ranking:
PSA Titles: 5
PSA Final Appearances: 10

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Amr Shabana crowned a remarkable year in 2003 when, as ninth seed, he stormed through a star-studded field in the World Open in Pakistan to beat the future world No1 Thierry Lincou in the final – and become Egypt’s first winner of the sport’s premier title. 

The 24-year-old left-hander from Cairo first showed his promise when he was runner-up (to compatriot Ahmed Faizy) in the British U-14 Open in January 1993.  Four years later he reached the final of the British U-19 Open, where he again lost to Faizy. 

A PSA member since 1995, Amr claimed his first Tour title in July 1999, winning the Puebla Open in Mexico.  Seven days later he grabbed his second, the Mexico Open, again beating Australia’s Craig Rowland in the final. 

But 2003 proved to be a year of extremes for the Egyptian – victory in the revived Spanish Open in Seville (where, unseeded, he toppled second-seed Australian Anthony Ricketts in the first round before defeating higher-ranked compatriot Karim Darwish in the final) complemented by first round losses in six other events.  Before arriving in Lahore for the World Open in December, Shabana had not fared better than a second round loser in all other Super Series events that year. 

He made his World Open breakthrough, however, when he despatched title-holder David Palmer, the third seed, in five games in the third round.  He then went on to take out Palmer’s Australian team-mate Anthony Ricketts in the last eight. 

Amr reached his seventh PSA Tour final after defeating Darwish (the Egyptian No1) in a four-game semi-final.  By now it was known that Lincou would be the next world No1 - but Shabana continued to ignore the status of his opponents as he swept to a 15-14 9-15 15-11 15-7 over the Frenchman to lift the biggest title of his life. 

Shabana spent most of 2004 failing to live up to his world champion status – but rediscovered his form in the British Open in Nottingham in November when, in his fourth meeting with Lincou since the World Open final, he beat the Frenchman in straight games to reach his first final of the year. 

He stretched David Palmer to four games, which included two tie-breaks, but ultimately went down to the Australian in 89 minutes. 

Despite losing his World Open crown in Qatar following a further defeat by Palmer, Amr came back with all guns blazing in 2005 – getting to the finals of both the Windy City Open and Dayton Open with his remarkable racquet wizardry.  Former world number ones Jonathon Power and Lee Beachill were notable scalps in these event – but he went on to defeat Beachill for the second time in a month in the quarter-finals of the Tournament of Champions in February, before bowing out to Anthony Ricketts in the last four.


Feb 05 Semi-finalist *Tournament of Champions USA

Jan 05 Runner-up Dayton Open USA

Jan 05 Runner-up Windy City Open USA

Dec 04 Quarter-finals Pakistan Open PAK

Dec 04 Quarter-finals *World Open QAT

Nov 04 Runner-up British Open ENG

Oct 04 Quarter-finals Hungarian Open HUN

Oct 04 Quarter-finals Motor City Open USA

Oct 04 Semi-finals St Louis Open USA

Sep 04 1st round US Open USA

Sep 04 Quarter-finals *Hong Kong Open HKG

May 04 Qualifier *Super Series Finals ENG

Apr 04 Quarter-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 04 Quarter-finalist Bermuda Open BER

Feb 04 Quarter-finalist Swedish Open SWE

Jan 04 1st round Kuwait Open KUW

Dec 03 Winner *World Open PAK

Nov 03 Quarter-finalist Canadian Classic CAN

Oct 03 (Egypt No1) World Team Championships AUT

Sep 03 Semi-finalist Motor City Open USA

Jun 03 Winner Spanish Open ESP

May 03 Runner-up Pakistan Circuit Event No2 PAK

Feb 03 Quarter-finalist Swedish Open SWE

Apr 02 Quarter-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 02 Quarter-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK

Jan 02 Semi-finalist El Ahly Open EGY

Sep 01 Semi-finalist South African Challenge RSA

Jan 01 Winner El Ahly Open EGY

Dec 00 Quarter-finalist Malaysian Open MAS

Aug 00 Quarter-finalist *Al-Ahram International EGY

Jul 00 Semi-finalist Jamaica Open JAM

Jun 00 Semi-finalist Heliopolis Open EGY

Jan 00 Quarter-finalist Greenwich Open USA

Jul 99 Winner Mexico Open MEX

Jul 99 Winner Puebla Open MEX

Oct 98 Quarter-finalist Kuwait Open KUW

May 98 Runner-up Mega Italia Open ITA

Dec 97 Semi-finalis Heliopolis Open EGY

Nov 97 Quarter-finalist *Qatar International QAT

Oct 97 Semi-finalist HCI Cup GER

Jan 97 Runner-up #British Junior U19 Open ENG

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