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Coll out of British squash Open

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has fallen out of the British Open tournament in the second round.

The world No.16 lost 11-6, 11-9, 20-18 in just over an hour to eighth-seed Egyptian Tarek Moman after wasting a 6-0 second-game lead.

The 24-year-old Coll admitted he felt below-par for much of the match in Hull, and was disappointed to throw away the second game.

An end-to-end third game, with the two players tied at 11-11 and then 18-18, was then decided in the Egyptian's favour with two clinical plays.

"If I had sneaked that third game, he was looking a bit tired so who knows what could've happened - it's a bit frustrating to let that slip," Coll said.

"I would've liked the win today."

The Greymouth native, who is the first Kiwi in 20 years to claim a place inside the men's squash top 20, is nevertheless likely to see his ranking improve on the back of his second-round exit.

He was pleased by his prospective jump in the squash rankings but disappointed he couldn't trump Moman, who he defeated in their last clash in December.

Moman, for his part, labelled Coll a rising star of the sport.

"He's become the person to beat because he's physically unbelievable - so fit, his reach is ridiculous, he gets to every ball," Moman said.

"And now he has a really good touch to the front corners."

Coll had previously come from behind to win his first-round tussle with British world No.37 Declan James.

In the women's tournament, meanwhile, ninth-seed Kiwi Joelle King continued a shoddy run of form with a first-round exit to inexperienced Egyptian Mayar Hany.

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