Cuskelly ousts Pilley as Walker survives again

Three of the four seeds will contest the Dayton Open semi-finals after tonight’s quarter-finals at the Dayton Squash Center in Ohio.

In the first match, # 1 seed Omar Mosaad won 3-1 over Mathieu Castagnet in 49 minutes after a 15 minute delay when an accident gave the frenchman a severe cut to the lip in the fourth game of the closely contested match. Castagnet came back on court down 8-10 match ball to compete, won an incredibly long rally but then succumbed to lose 9-11. A local doctor and friend of squash then took him to hospital and got his lip stitched up and brought him back to the club. The Cincinnati/Dayton squash community is close and it was great to have the support on hand.

It took Spain’s Borja Golan only 37 minutes, the night’s shortest 1/4 final match, to dispatch Egyptian Marwan El Shorbagy and move on to the semi-finals. Like last night, Golan dominated the front of court and controlled most rallies.

For the first time ever, Australian countryman Ryan Cuskelly defeated # 3 seed Cameron Pilley 3-2 in 89 minutes. It was a great match and much appreciated by the packed gallery.

“Bad day at the office,” tweeted Pilley.

Thinking this would be the only 5 game, long match of the night, the crowd gathered behind the stadium court to see how the # 2 seed Alister Walker would fare after last night’s long match.

2011 Dayton Open champion Walker, as he did last night, once again managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as he came from 2-1 down to beat French qualifier Gregoire Marche in 68 minutes , and he now faces the “primed” Cuskelly in tomorrow’s semi-final.

Should be a great day of squash in Dayton!

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