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Coll beaten in Toronto squash final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

Giant-killing New Zealand squash player Paul Coll has fallen at the last hurdle of an elite men's tournament in Canada.

A day after toppling world champion Karim Abdel Gawad in a five-set semi-final, Coll lost in the final of the Cambridge Cup to another Egyptian, world No.8 Tarek Momen.

The 24-year-old from Greymouth squandered four set point opportunities in the first set before going on to lose 13-11 11-5 12-10 in the deciding match of the eight-man invitation event in Toronto.

It was a reversal of the result last December when Coll beat Momen in straight sets to win the VAS Championship in England, the biggest result of his career.

Coll's surge up the world rankings, currently to 16th, looks set to continue following his defeat of Gawad.

He was disappointed after failing to reach the same heights against Momen, who had toppled third-ranked Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in the semi-finals.

A turning point came when he squandered a four-shot lead in the first set.

"That's what you get for taking your foot off and not concentrating," he said.

Coll says he needs improvements in his front court game and his general length if he is to consistently challenge the world's best.

He didn't blame fatigue from the previous night's exertions for his loss.

Momen described Coll as "an upcoming force for sure".

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