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Coll into major squash final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/12/2016

New Zealand squash player Paul Coll has knocked off a host of more fancied players to advance to the final of PSA World Tour event in London.

The world No.33 has claimed the scalps of three top-20 ranked players at the $US100,000 ($NZ140,000) St George's Hill Open in London to set up a final on Monday against Egyptian fifth seed Tarek Momen.

It is comfortably a career-best run for Coll, 24, who needed to win two qualifying matches to reach the main draw.

It took five sets to topple eighth seed Max Lee of Hong Kong in the first round and then again against fourth seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia.

His semi-final was against English world No.16 Daryl Selby, who stunned the world's best player, Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy, in the first round.

Coll kept his nerve to win 11-6 11-7 4-11 11-5 in just under an hour, playing his best squash of what he says has been a dizzying week.

"I'm so happy, it's been a wicked tournament for me and it's given me a real confidence boost," Coll said.

"Whatever happens tomorrow, I think I'll be pretty happy over Christmas."

Coll says he has had to reschedule his flight home, having banked on an earlier exit.

The key to improvement has been a focus on relaxing more in big matches and honing his short game, he said.

"I just relaxed out there and let everything go and it paid off for me.

"Physically, I was feeling fine, but it's been a long week for me, so I had to really make myself step up on the 'T' and push the pace."

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