Cuskelly collects Toronto Cup as Razik retires

PSA $15k Toronto Cup, Finaal:

[2] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) bt [1] Shahier Razik (Can) 11/5, 7/1 rtd (34m)

Cuskelly collects Toronto  Cup as Razik retires

It was an unfortunate conclusion to the Toronto Cup tonight as top seeded local hero Shahier Razik was forced to concede at a game and 7-1 down.

Razik had been hampered by a calf injury before Wednesday’s semifinal against Nafiizwan Adnan of Malaysia, but was able to use his experience and intimate knowledge of the court to maneuver his way through. Cuskelly was undoubtedly aware of Razik’s impeded movement and made the opening rallies long and testing.

The Canadian competed well but the Aussie always had a lead and finished the game with a comfortable 11-5 margin. He raced out to a commanding lead in the second as Razik’s movement became visibly pained. A 3-minute injury break was not enough time to treat the problem, and although Shahier played three more rallies, the concession handshake was now inevitable. The win completed a great two weeks for Cuskelly, who reached the semifinals in Dayton prior to this. Hopefully Razik can recover quickly, both from the injury and effort of organizing the entire event!

A big thanks to Squash Revolution for sponsoring the tournament, Shahier for taking care of logistics, and the hosting clubs/pros for welcoming the event into their clubs. This was a unique event on the PSA Tour, with a total of 9 clubs hosting matches throughout the week.

The format exposed substantially more fans to the excitement of pro squash than most events. It was the first time many people have seen such high-level action. A city with a diverse squash community like Toronto was an appropriate host for such an event.

Hopefully these clubs have been inspired to host events of their own.

Check Also

Lower Tin to be trialled for Women

The PSA announces that they will conduct a four month trial into the suitability of reducing the height of the tin in competitive women’s matches from 19” to 17” ...

Feel free to leave a comment ...