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Kiwi Coll upsets former squash world No.1

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017

Kiwi squash player Paul Coll has another notable notch in his belt after upsetting a former world No.1 in the quarter-finals of the El Gouna international tournament in Egypt.

Unseeded Coll dismantled fifth seed James Willstrop of England 11-4 11-8 11-7 in the quarter-finals to continue his dizzying form of the last six months.

The 24-year-old from Greymouth produced his trademark pace and agility to frustrate Willstrop, 33, an elite performer for the last decade.

Coll was still coming to terms with what he had achieved at the PSA World Series event.

"I grew up watching James so just to be competing at the same level as him is special - but to beat him is amazing, I'm ecstatic," he said.

The seeds of an upset were sown at a recent tournament in New York when Coll learned plenty from a loss to Willstrop.

"I got sucked into playing his pace and his lines - and he's the best in the world at that. It was a lesson and I went away and made the changes that I needed to make sure I improved."

Coll, who has climbed from outside the world's top-50 last year to 13th in the rankings, will probably face an even stiffer task in the semi-finals.

He will play either newly-minted world No.1 Gregory Gaultier of France or unseeded Egyptian Mazen Hesham.

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