Ryan Cuskelly.
Ryan Cuskelly.

Cuskelly falls at Australian Open

FORMER Evans Head squash player Ryan Cuskelly has been bundled out of the first round of the Australian Open at Canberra.

Cuskelly, who won a spot in the main round, was downed by Englishman Tom Richards 11-9, 11-8, 11-5.

Meanwhile, fellow Australian David Palmer defied a tenacious opponent and an ankle injury to claw his way into the second round of after he downed Malaysia's Azlan Iskandar 14-12, 11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 11-8.

Palmer, the 2009 champion, won the first two games only for the eighth seeded Malaysian to fight back and level proceedings.

The Australian got away to an early lead in the decider only to fall awkwardly at 7-5 and twist his ankle. He took a brief injury break and when he came back the 35-year-old went for his shots, quickly bringing up match point and then closing out an epic first round encounter with a forehand drive deep into the back corner.

Palmer plays Richards today in the second round.

Meanwhile, World No 1 Nicol David stamped her class on the when she raced to an emphatic 11-3 11-6 11-2 first-round win over Brisbane's Samantha Davies.

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