Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy got his 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions campaign up and running with a win against Ryan Cuskelly, in what proved to be the Australian’s last match on the PSA Tour.
ElShorbagy and Cuskelly memorably faced each other two years ago at Grand Central Station when the Australian claimed a surprise win over the former World No.1 in the second round of the PSA Platinum event.
The World No.24 was unable to repeat that feat today though as he bowed out to a formidable ElShorbagy, who was on top form to take an 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 win.
For Cuskelly that marked his last appearance on the PSA Tour as he ends a career which saw him reach a career-high of World No.12 and lift 16 PSA titles.
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“Ryan has been one of the most hard working athletes that I have come across,” said ElShorbagy following his win.
“He got to two Platinum event semi-finals and the way he got up to World No.12 was unbelievable because the way he worked was something for all juniors to look up to and I hope he really enjoys retirement and time with his family now.
“It’s tricky because I knew that this could have been his last match. I remember two years ago that he has beaten me on this court. I had to switch off from that and think about what I needed to do. He wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, he would have wanted me to go harder and play my best and I think that’s the respect I could have given him today.”
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (28m)