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Motor City Open 2017


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Motor City Open 2017
25 - 30 Jan
Detroit, USA, $70k
Round One
 27 jan
 28 jan
 29 jan
30 jan

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY)
11-2, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10 (59m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)

Cesar Salazar
11-4, 11-7, 19-17 (54m)
Stephen Coppinger
Stephen Coppinger
5-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-4
Ryan Cuskelly
Ryan Cuskelly
4-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 (51m)
 Ali Farag

Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (84m)
[6] Borja Golan (ESP)

[7] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (62m)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (NZL)

Ryan Cuskelly
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (57m)
Omar Mosaad

[4] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
12-14, 11-2, 11-3, 11-9 (50m)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)

[3] Ali Farag (EGY)
12-10, 11-6, 11-7 (41m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)

 Ali Farag
11-9, 11-5, 11-3 (37m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez

 Ali Farag
15-13, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7
Diego Elias

[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
11-13, 11-9, 13-11, 8-9 ret. (94m)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY)

[8] Diego Elias (PER)
12-10, 11-7, 11-2 (37m)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER)

Diego Elias
7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 (71m)
Marwan Elshorbagy

[Q] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
11-8, 11-3, 11-3 (25m)
Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY)


Qualifying finals:
Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
Raphael Kandra (GER) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Chris Hanson (USA) 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (43m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-6 (50m)

Cuskelly Sees Off Farag To Lift Motor City Open Crown

Australian No.2 Ryan Cuskelly upset defending champion Ali Farag to claim The Motor City Open presented by The Suburban Collection championship in a 3-1 triumph Monday (January 31) night at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

In his ninth year participating in the Motor City Open, Cuskelly advanced to the semi-finals for the very first time, before taking that accomplishment two steps further in his upset of World No.7 Farag, claiming the biggest win of his career in the process.

The night didn't start well for Cuskelly, as Farag came out with pinpoint precision in a dominant first game.

Things took a dramatic shift in the second game, however, as Cuskelly chased down ball after ball and the pace of the match started to pick up. The 29-year-old Australian got out to a 3-0 lead before Farag took the next four points. Cuskelly answered with a five-point run when he got Farag on the move and forced the young Egyptian into hitting tough shots into the tin.

Cuskelly owned the third much like the second, going on a five-point run to create separation and move one game away from the title.

The fourth game was a show that had the capacity crowd at the BAC on the edge of their seats. Farag appeared to regain his steady form, getting out to a 9-4 lead. At that point, Cuskelly was just trying to make sure he would go into the fifth with a bit of momentum.

As things got tighter and Cuskelly cut Farag's lead to 7-9, and then 8-9, it became apparent that the momentum had swung. Cuskelly dove on the floor to save the next point, hitting a winner after he got to his feet and tying things up.

Farag then found the tin again to give Cuskelly match point, and the longtime Motor City Open competitor was finally able to call himself champion when he hit a beautiful winner to claim the match.

I'm pretty excited to win my biggest title in my favourite tournament on the Tour, Cuskelly said.

I always told the guys here I'd win it someday, but I didn't expect it to be this year.

I was up 4-2 [in the fifth] and I thought about the finish line, which is silly.

Next minute I was down 9-4 and I just tried to get back to playing normal squash for the next game.

It's unbelievable. I lost in qualification for years, but I did a lot of hard training in December and it paid off.

Farag said: He stepped it up. I couldn't find the right balance between being aggressive and playing smart. Every time I would try to be aggressive, I would hit the tin.

He put too much pressure on me.
US Charge Collapses In Detroit

Any hopes of home success at the 2017 Motor City Open presented by the Suburban Collection were dashed last night as all three Team USA players were sent packing in the final round of qualifictaion.

Todd Harrity, Chris Hanson and Christoper Gordon all found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreline as Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, Campbell Grayson and Ivan Yuen emerged victorious to join Raphael Kandra in the Main Draw of the PSA M70 event taking place at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

It was Tamimi who had the toughest road to the Main Draw. After cruising through his first two games with Todd Harrity, Tamimi started to feel a sharp pain in his right shin. Harrity pounced on his wounded opponent, picking up games three and four to set up a decisive fifth, but he couldnt see it through as Tamimi stood strong in the end.

The last couple of days my shins have really started hurting, Tamimi said. I needed a really good start because I knew as the match goes on that Im going to start feeling it. He picked that up and started opening up the court.

Its not an injury thats going to stop me. Its just pain. If you push 100 percent, even if its killing you, its not going to be a big injury. I got my confidence back in the fifth and Im really happy to qualify.

Tamimi will face hard-hitting Hammer of Thor Omar Mosaad of Egypt, on Friday evening while in the only other match to go beyond three games it was Yuen who was able to stave off a strong effort from Gordon.

Gordon powered his way to an 11-8 win in the first game, as Yuen seemed to be concentrating a little too much on the officiating at the outset, but the young Malaysian regained his composure in the second and controlled proceedings from then on.

Ive been through a lot with the referees, Yuen said. I told myself to forget it and just move forward.

I just had to fight every point and keep believing I could do it. I came all the way here from Maylaysia and Im not ready to be done yet.

For his efforts, Yuen earns a date with second-seeded Marwan ElShorbagy with the third USA dream killer, Grayson, doing Hanson 3-0 to set up his first round encounter with Ryan Cuskelly.