Squash Works for Diego in Salt Lake City

(image: Morgan Leigh)
(image: Morgan Leigh)

Report courtesy of the Professional Squash Association.

Peruvian prodigy Diego Elias picked up his second PSA World Tour title before reaching the age of 18 when he upset top seed Ryan Cuskelly in the final of the SquashWorks Salt Lake City Open, the PSA Challenger 10 event at SquashWorks in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Unseeded, the 17-year-old World Junior Champion from Lima – playing in only his 16th event on the PSA World Tour – despatched the sixth, second and fourth seeds before lining up against Australian favourite Cuskelly, the World No.43 from New South Wales marking his 15th appearance in a Tour final.

Diego dug deep and battled for 85 minutes to overcome experienced left-hander Cuskelly 13-11, 12-10, 11-9 in an epic encounter.

“Those who attended the final match between Ryan and Diego were treated to one of the best matches ever played at SquashWorks,” reported tournament organiser Craig Bennett.

“It may even have been better than the epic 2002 semi-final battle between Simon Parke and Alex Gough! It seems that every rally had multiple changes of momentum. The first game alone was over 40 minutes.”

For more images of the tournament, visit the Squashworks Salt Lake City Open gallery.

Diego Elias (PER) bt [1] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 13-11, 12-10, 11-9 (85m)