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Coll knocked out of London squash semis

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/03/2017

Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has been knocked out of the Canary Wharf Classic semi-finals in London by world No.4 Nick Matthew.

Coll, ranked 16th in world, battled hard but his 36-year-old English opponent proved too experienced in holding out for a 11-9 11-8 11-5 win.

Greymouth-born Coll, 24, worked well to recover from a slow start, showing good variety and shot choice in the first game to push Matthew hard and snare an early lead in the second.

But Matthew's length and accuracy, coupled with some sharp retrieval work, proved too much.

Coll had earlier toppled ninth-ranked German Simon Rosner in five sets, then downed world No.15 Englisman Daryl Selby in the quarter-finals.

The New Zealander has soared up the world rankings over the last year, coming from a spot outside the top 50.

His biggest win came last month over reigning world champion and second-ranked Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt at a tournament in Toronto.

Coll will compete in the British Open in Hull from March 21-26, where he has drawn wildcard Declan James (England) in the first round.

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