BritOpen Update: Cuskelly Overcomes Coll to Reach Round Two
Australian World No.15 Ryan Cuskelly defeated New Zealand’s Paul Coll in a highly entertaining encounter in the 2016 Allam British Open, PSA World Series tournament to secure a second round berth for the first time at the distinguished event.
Cuskelly came into the fixture having won all three of the pair’s previous meetings on the PSA World Tour but it looked as if it would be first blood to Coll after the New Zealander, who recently became a viral sensation, amassed six game balls in the opener. Cuskelly responded brilliantly though and a determined display from the 28-year-old, coupled with two unforced errors at crucial moments in the tie-break from Coll, saw Cuskelly capture the first game.
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Coll had game ball again in the second but was unable to convert once more as a composed Cuskelly doubled his lead after coming out on top in some frantic and fast-paced rallies.
The third game contained some of the most explosive hitting of the match with both players utilising a ferocious pace to try and outmanoeuvre each other. Coll finally put away a game ball to halve the deficit and looked to be on his way to drawing level when he stormed into an 8-3 lead in game four. Cuskelly came back though to leave Coll ruing his missed opportunities and the Australian edged it on the tie-break again to wrap up a 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 victory. Cuskelly will go on to face 2013 winner and sparring partner Ramy Ashour for a place in the quarter-final after the Egyptian maverick came back from 2-0 down to defeat Cesar Salazar.
“I’ve had a few first round losses so I’ve been struggling a bit this year,” said Cuskelly.
‘I’ve been trying to work hard and have been trying to win some matches again. It’s a different kind of pressure when you’re playing in the main draw but I’m really happy. He’s been improving lots, he gets so many balls back like that rally last week in London so he is crazy.
“I just managed to sneak the important points in the end. I was about to give that last game up but, at 8-3 down, I decided to just go for it and see what happens. I got to 8-7 within a minute so then I just had to stay solid.
“It could have any way the last few points but I managed to get in front of him and took a couple of chances at the end but I pulled it off. You never know what you’re going to get against Ramy in the next round. He is the best player when he plays but he has been struggling with injury so it’s really good to see him back.
“I do a bit of training with him in New York so I know what he’s capable of and how he has been playing. It’s always tough but I will try and make every point as hard as I can.”
Result – First Round: Men’s Allam British Open 2016
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 12-10, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10 (88m)