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Cuskelly and Lee Book Final Berths at Canada Cup

Australian No.1 Ryan Cuskelly and Hong Kong No.1 Max Lee will go head-to-head in the final of the inaugural Canada Cup after respective wins over Campbell Grayson and Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi on semi-finals day at the PSA M50 tournament.

Cuskelly, the World No.18 from Evans Head, got himself on the ball early and was precise in his play as he powered into a one-game lead against the Kiwi for the loss of three points.

Cuskelly then doubled his lead in the second, until Grayson came out looking like a different player in the third as he dictated the play to go 6-1 up.

But Cuskelly ramped up the pressure on his fellow Antipodean to draw level at 7-7 and made the most of his momentum to take the next four points in succession to close out the victory, reaching his first PSA World Tour final since last year’s Motor City Open.

Lee, meanwhile, earned his place in the title decider courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Qatari World No.36 Al Tamimi, who had dispatched top seed Diego Elias in the quarter-finals.

A composed start to the game from Lee saw the World No.29 go two games to the good, but Al Tamimi fought back in the third as he refocused and tightened up to claw a game back.

However, Lee redoubled his efforts and showed nerves of steel to see out the fourth game, booking his place in a second Tour final in a row after his title winning showing at last month’s Pittsburgh Open.

Results – Semi-Finals: 2018 Canada Cup
[6] Max Lee (HKG) bt [7] Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) 3-1: 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7 (64m)
[2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (52m)

Draw – Final
[6] Max Lee (HKG) v [2] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)

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