Australian No.2 Ryan Cuskelly has targeted a place in the world’s top 16 by the end of the season as he gears up for qualification at the upcoming Qatar Classic, the second PSA World Series tournament of the season.
The World No.22 is in the midst of some of his best ever form after he lifted the Welaptega Bluenose Squash Classic title last week which was his first ever PSA M35 crown.
Cuskelly downed a trio of seeds en-route to the title and stunned Egyptian duo Marwan Elshorbagy and Karim Abdel Gawad in the semi-final and final, respectively. The New York-based 28-year-old is clearly delighted with his recent progress on the PSA World Tour.
“My aim was to be in the main draws of the big tournaments by the end of the year which I have accomplished, now I want to be in the top 16 by the time the season ends,” said Cuskelly.
“Beating the World No.10 [Elshorbagy] and the World No.12 [Gawad] is a massive confidence boost as they have both beaten me the last few times we have played so to get my revenge in the same tournament is extra special.”
The 14-time PSA World Tour title currently sits at a career-high ranking of World No.22 and he puts his improvement down to a different approach to training.
“I haven’t changed too much, just the intensity of my training has gone up,” Cuskelly said.
“I believe I can beat top 20 players now, which is huge. My coach, Rodney Martin, has been a huge influence on getting me to the level I’m playing at now. I wouldn’t be there without him.”
Cuskelly is set to appear at the Qatar Classic later this week and goes head-to-head with England’s Ben Coleman in the first round of qualifying as he kickstarts his bid to reach the main draw.
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