Hong Kong’s World No.29 Max Lee lifted the 2018 Canada Cup trophy after defeating Australian number two seed Ryan Cuskelly by a 3-1 margin on finals day at the PSA M50 tournament.
Lee earned his place in the title decider courtesy of victories against David Baillargeon, Cesar Salazar and semi-finalist Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and was up against an in-form Cuskelly after the World No.18’s memorable victory over World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy during last month’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
The Australian had dropped just one game en route to the final, against Mexico’s Arturo Salazar in the quarter-finals, and had confidently dispatched New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson in straight games in their last four meeting.
Cuskelly raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening game only to surrender control against a resurgent Lee, who stamped his authority on the match which 11-7 victories in games one and two.
An increase in accuracy from Cuskelly saw the 30-year-old halve the deficit courtesy of an 11-5 win in the third, but Lee fought back from 7-2 down in game four to hold a match ball.
Cuskelly battled on to take Lee to a tie-break, but his resistance was finally broken as the man from Hong Kong converted his third match ball, completing an 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 14-12 victory in 65 minutes to collect a 13th PSA World Tour title and his second in a row after also winning the Pittsburgh Open in January.
Result – Final: 2018 Canada Cup
 Max Lee (HKG) bt  Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 14-12 (65m)