Ali Farag, left, and Nour El Sherbini, right, have won three and six titles respectively ©PSA World Tour

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag will be aiming to maintain their grip of the respective women’s and men’s singles titles at the Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Championships.

The Egyptian duo will head to Chicago in the United States as favourites to emerge victorious again having triumphed in previous editions.

Farag is looking to win for the third successive year and fourth overall and will arrive at Union Station in buoyant mood after winning the British Open in March.

"I am excited because the very first World Championship I won was at Union Station back in March 2019," said Farag.

"Chicago is one of my favourite cities around the world because of everything that has happened there for me over the years, and returning to Union Station is definitely exciting for me."

Farag is expected to face strong challenges from new world number one Diego Elías of Peru as well as fellow Egyptians Mohamed ElShorbagy and Mostafa Asal.

ElShorbagy last won the event in 2017 and will be aiming to get the better of Farag having lost to him in the final in 2021 and 2022.

El Sherbini is due to return to the top of the PSA rankings on May 8 but will be focused on cementing that place by sealing a seventh World Championship crown.

The 27-year-old has won the tournament in six of the past seven years, leaving her two titles away from matching Malaysia’s Nicol David’s record.

"It means a lot [to be defending champion]," said El Sherbini.

"It’s everything players’ dream to win the World Championships.

"Winning three of them in Egypt is a pleasure for me, it makes it extra special.

"I always wanted to win the World Championships, but I never thought I would win six.

"They are the best memories I’m ever going to have in my life.

"I’m now going into another one, I hope I’m going to be ready and will be preparing the same way I do at other tournaments.

"I hope that I can reach the record of Nicol, it’s another dream but for me it’s not the next step.

"I want to focus on the seventh first."

Other big contenders in the women’s competition include Egyptian pair Nouran Gohar and Hania El Hammamy.

Gohar will be desperate to regain her place at the top of the world rankings and gain revenge against El Sherbini after losing to her in the final at the past two editions.

A total of 11 American players will also be bidding for home success, with world number five Amanda Sobhy eyeing the women’s title.

"I think having home advantage is huge," said Sobhy.

"Having the familiarity of being in the US, being in Chicago and having good vibes with the crowd in my favour, that goes a long way."

Competition is due to run from tomorrow until May 11, with matches split between Union Station and the University Club of Chicago.