RIGHT: Ryan Cuskelly, left, on the court in Qatar against Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
RIGHT: Ryan Cuskelly, left, on the court in Qatar against Miguel Angel Rodriguez. CONTRIBUTED

Former Evans squash player through to semis in Qatar

FORMER Evans Head squash player Ryan Cuskelly has contin-ued his great form by qualifying for the semi-finals of the Qatar Classic.

Cuskelly is the first men's player in 15 years to come through qualification and progress to the semis of a PSA World Series tournament.

The 28-year-old came from two games down to record an unlikely victory over Colombian world No 5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez, putting him through to the last four where he will face world No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy for a place in the final.

Cuskelly won 9-11 7-11 11-5 11-5 11-2 in 88 minutes.

The last man to achieve such a feat was Englishman Chris Waker, who made it to the final of the 2001 British Open, and Cuskelly will be hoping to replicate that.

"I can't believe I'm in the semi-finals of a World Series tournament, it's unreal," he said.

"I don't know how I came back from two-love against him. He's one of the fittest guys on the tour so I'm over the moon with that result and to be in the semi-finals.

"These opportunities don't come often. I have nothing to lose so I'll be pushing again as hard as I can."

Cuskelly went into the tournament after the biggest title win of his career in Canada and has extended his winning streak to nine matches.



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