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22/02/2015
OREGON OPEN 2015
 

Cuskelly Captures Portland Prize

Oregon Open 2015
16-21 Feb, Portland, Usa, $15k
Round One
18 Feb
Quarters
19 Feb
Semis
20 Feb
Final
21 Feb
[1] Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11/13, 11/4, 11/2, 11/6 (53m)
Peter Creed (Wal)
Saurav Ghosal
3/11, 11/5,11/8, 11/6 (84m)
Greg Lobban
Saurav Ghosal
9/11, 11/6, 9/11, 15/13, 11/4 (107m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
Omar Abdel Meguid
11/5, 11/4, 11/7
Ryan Cuskell
y
[6] Greg Lobban (Sco)
13/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/2 (46m) 
[Q] Nathan Lake (Eng)
[8] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11/3, 8/11, 6/11, 11/10, 11/1 (85m)
[Q] Andrew Schnell (Can)
Jaymie Haycocks 
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (41m)
Omar Abdel Meguid
[3] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 
[Q] Rodrigo Pezotta (Arg)
[Q] Chris Hanson (Usa)
11/1, 11/9, 9/11, 11/2 (40m)
[4] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Ryan Cuskelly
11/7, 11/6, 11/9 (41m)
Chris Gordon
Ryan Cuskelly
15/13, 12/10, 11/13, 12/14, 11/6 (105m)
Adrian Gran
[wc] Faraz Khan (Usa)
11/6, 14/12, 9/11, 11/6 (54m)
[7] Chris Gordon (Usa)
Tayyab Aslam (Pak)
6/11, 11/9, 14/12, 11/8 (38m) 
[5] Shawn Delierre (Can)
Shawn Delierre
11/6, 10/12, 11/3, 14/12 (48m)
Adrian Grant
Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
11/5, 11/8, 14/12 (34m) 
[2] Adrian Grant (Eng)

PSA Challenger 15 Oregon Open, Portland, Usa

Cuskelly Captures Portland Prize

Victories over two higher-ranked opponents led to Australia's Ryan Cuskelly (left in check top) claiming the 11th PSA World Tour title of his career at the Oregon Open in the USA.

The US-based left-hander made his breakthrough in the semi-finals of the PSA Challenger 15 squash event at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland where he outlasted England's World No.28 Adrian Grant, the second seed, 15-13, 12-10, 11-13, 12-14, 11-6 in 105 minutes in his first ever victory over the former World No.9.

Fourth seed Cuskelly's opponent in the final was Omar Abdel Meguid, the No.3 seed from Egypt who also survived a semi-final marathon in his 107-minute 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 15-13, 11-4 win over Saurav Ghosal, the top seed from India.

In the first game of the final, Cuskelly exposed Meguid with soft touch in front corners, resulting in the Aussie taking the first game, relatively quickly, 11-5.

In the second, the World No.45 from New South Wales continued his impetuous form and quickly forged a 6-0, then 9-2, lead. Cuskelly's excellent short game secured the second game with a beautiful straight drive that licked the wall and died in the back corner.

The 26-year-old Egyptian changed his tactics in the third game to increase the pace to force Cuskelly errors. But from six-all, Cuskelly moved ahead to 10-7 - and quickly clinched his first match-ball to secure his 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 title triumph.

"In the past it's been a tough battle for me at the Oregon Open," said Cuskelly as he received his trophy. "I feel the result of strenuous work and focus over the past year has elevated my game towards the world top 20.

"Winning the Oregon Open, defeating higher-ranked and experienced players such as Adrian and Meguid, builds confidence moving forward."

When asked if his marathon semi-final victory over the top seed affected his plan for the final, Meguid - also the Oregon Open runner-up in 2014 - said: "The effort early on in the third game was defining the outcome reflecting the atrocious semi-finals. I apologise for not playing up to my standards tonight.

"However I'm planning on returning to Oregon Open next year, a tournament and squash community which makes me feel so welcome."