Cuskelly ousts Samper (Match report by Benjamin Fischer)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt. Bernardo Samper (COL) 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8
Both players started out at a very high pace, hitting only few errors and making their opponent work hard. After losing a long first game, the columbian took the second in only 5 minutes, astonishing the crowd with some amazing attacking shots. The Aussie however came back strong, playing very steady in the third and fourth, keeping the ball tight to the wall, forcing his opponent to hit it loose. After a series of tins by Samper, Cuskelly finally got through and booked the first spot in tomorrow’s final round.
Mansi vs Waller (Match report by Will Newnham)
Amr Mansi (EGY) bt. Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-8, 11-6, 13-15, 11-6
The semi final match featured Adrian Waller who had come through qualifying and Amr Mansi from Egypt. Both players in the first were sticking the ball to the wall, but Mansi seemed to be the more attacking in the first as he prevailed 11/8.
The second was a higher pace than the first with both players finding some good nicks, but Mansi pulled away in the second to win the game 11/6
Waller came out all guns blazing in the third after some wise words from countryman Lewis Walters. Waller took the third game on a tie-break and put on a real show for the great Rochester crowd.
In the fourth, the players were level pretty much all the way until Mansi pulled away to take the match in the fourth.
Photos © 2009 Stephen Colby
Mansi vs Waller04-Apr-2009 18:32, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 1600
Peter Lyman – former UR squash and tennis coach for 40 years!04-Apr-2009 17:33, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 80.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 800
2009 Rochester ProAm Champion – Ryan Cuskelly04-Apr-2009 17:51, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 50.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
Cuskelly vs Samper04-Apr-2009 17:24, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.5, 55.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
Cuskelly lining up04-Apr-2009 18:13, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
Peter Lyman (and Andy Publow-not in picture) – main sponsors of the Rochester ProAm. Peter has also been a former squash & tennis coach at the University for 40 years!04-Apr-2009 18:01, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 58.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 800
Cuskelly vs Samper04-Apr-2009 17:25, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 800
Mansi vs Waller04-Apr-2009 18:39, Canon Canon EOS 20D, 4.0, 24.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 1600