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Australia's Ryan Cuskelly in action against Christopher Gordon

Tournament of Champions RD1: Cuskelly Confirms Last 32 Place

Australia’s World No.24 Ryan Cuskelly confirmed his place in the second round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions after he powered past USA’s World No.91 Christopher Gordon in straight-games.

The Australian No.1 put in a dominant performance in his eighth meeting against the American as he powered to an 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 victory in 40 minutes.

Cuskelly will take on Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the second round on Saturday January 11.

“It’s sad to see Cameron [Pilley] go,” said Cuskelly afterwards. “I travelled around the world with him and he’s one of my best mates.

“He had a great career and unfortunately, I might be quick after him. There’s not many Australians coming through which is sad, there’s a big hole in Squash Australia. We used to be such a strong nation the last 30 years, hopefully the young guys can see us old boys and get some motivation somehow.”

Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (40m)

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