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King and Coll braced for British Open

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/03/2017

Paul Coll wants more of the same while Joelle King is out to stop the rot at this week's British Open in Hull.

For the first time in 20 years, New Zealand boasts two highly-ranked players in the main draw of the prestigious tournament.

World No.16 Coll has been one of the fastest climbers in the men's game over the last four months.

Since winning the Channel VAS Championship in England in December, Coll has toppled a host of higher-ranked foe, including Egyptian world champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

The livewire from Greymouth faces British qualifier Declan James in the first round on Wednesday morning (NZT). He will be well motivated to beat the world No.36.

"I played him (James) about two or three years ago in New Zealand and he beat me so I'll be looking forward to beating him this time on his soil," Coll said.

"The British Open is a very prestigious event for us, apart from the world open it's the best tournament to win."

Eleventh-ranked King has struggled by comparison in 2017 but hopes a fine record at the British Open can stop the rot.

She was a quarter-finalist for four consecutive years up until 2015 before her career was stymied by a serious Achilles injury.

The 28-year-old will face a yet-to-be confirmed qualifier in the first round.

In a tournament first, the women's prizemoney matches that of the men at $US150,000 ($NZ213,500).

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