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Coll wins at British Open, King exits

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/03/2017

Paul Coll has fought his way into to the second round of the British Open but fellow-Kiwi Joelle King is packing her bags after a shock loss in Hull.

Rising world No.16 Coll was pushed to five games by 37th-ranked Briton Declan James before prevailing 9-11 11-8 9-11 11-2 11-5.

Relief eclipsed joy for Coll, who advanced through the first round of the prestigious tournament for the first time with a win which was more demanding than most had forecast.

"It was more mentally tough than physically hard for me," he said.

"I was feeling a bit awkward on there and I had to find a rhythm.

"I knew he was tough, he is very solid and got great hands. If I gave him anything loose I knew I'd be under a whole lot of pressure."

Coll's next opponent on Thursday morning (NZT) is eighth seed Tarek Momen.

The Egyptian is the man Coll toppled in the final of December's Channel VAS Championship final, his first major tournament title.

Coll, 24, will hope for a repeat and a continuation of his rapid rise up the world rankings over the last six months.

Meanwhile, King's modest start to 2017 continued with a four-game loss to inexperienced Egyptian Mayar Hany.

Seeded ninth, King was targeting a fifth visit to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Instead the world No.11 went down 7-11 11-9 11-4 11-9 to 20-year-old Hany, a player ranked 22 places below her.

King had returned to New Zealand to rest in recent weeks, having struggled for form on the World Tour circuit.

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