Spaniard Borja Golan, the former World No.5, came through his first round encounter at the 2016 Windy City Open against Australian Ryan Cuskelly in a tightly contested four-game encounter that perfectly illustrated the strength of depth on the PSA World Tour at present.
Both players began in attacking fashion and it was Golan who profited from the opening exchanges as he took the first game relatively unchallenged 11-5. But the second game was an altogether different affair as it was Cuskelly who was in the ascendency and he quickly found himself with four game balls in hand. But the Spaniard, nicknamed the Bull, dug deep and fought back to force a tie-break and take a 2-0 lead to the surprise of Cuskelly.
The Australian number two remained calm in the third and played some of his best squash as he established himself on the scoreboard courtesy of some impressive play but momentum swung back in favour of Golan in the fourth and he dominated the exchanges to take the match after 51 high quality minutes.
“Last week in Colombia against Marwan Elshorbagy I was up 6-2 in the first then found myself 2/0 down, before coming back to be ahead in the 5th when I lost my concentration and lost,” said Golan.
“I’m 33 now and I have to learn from my mistakes. So today, I told myself, if I lose, it won’t be from a loss of concentration. And I’m happy with the way I kept my focus, point by point.”
Borja Golan (ESP) bt Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 3-1: 11-5, 13-11, 5-11, 11-4 (51m)