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Coll through to Canary Wharf quarters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017

Leading Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has survived bouts of cramp to win a marathon opening match at the Canary Wharf Classic in London.

World No.16 Coll is through to the quarter-finals after upsetting ninth-ranked German Simon Rosner 11-8 9-11 12-10 9-11 11-9 in a roller-coaster match which lasted nearly two hours.

The 116-minute encounter was the longest of the Greymouth player's professional career.

Up 7-2 in the decisive set, Coll began to hobble as Rosner fought back to level the scores 8-8.

"I started cramping up but I just told myself to stop being a pussy and just push through to get the win," he said.

"I'm really happy kept it together in the fifth and didn't give away any cheap errors."

Coll said he will appreciate a day off before facing world No.15 Daryl Selby of England in the quarter-finals.

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