New Zealand’s Paul Coll (NZ) is through to the British Open squash final after beating Egpyt’s Mostafa Asal in semifinal.
Defending champion Paul Coll says “it means everything’’ to be through to his second consecutive British Open squash final.
But the dream of a first-ever final is over for New Zealand’s number one women’s player Joelle King, who was beaten in a five-game semifinal marathon.
World No 1 Coll’s straight sets win over Mostafa Asal (Egypt) was pleasing as he was able to keep out of any drama and put away a player he has had trouble with in the past.
Although the match was close on the scoreboard 11-9, 11-9, 11, Coll never looked like losing.
His first stop will be Greymouth for a well-earned homecoming from friends and family.
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New Zealand’s Paul Coll on his way to a commanding victory over Egypt’s Mostafa Asal.
Coll’s control and accuracy were on top form throughout the 68-minute match. His weight of shot always forced Asal into the corners of the court to take the first game 11-9 and then he repeated the effort in the second game.
Despite Asal being slightly more aggressive in the third game, there was no way past Coll. The top-ranked player continued to pin Asal in the back corners and kept the ball incredibly tight to the sidewall, allowing Asal no room to fire off the winners everyone knows he is capable of.
Asal went down with a slight ankle injury at the end but that didn’t disrupt the focus of Coll who took the game again 11-9.
“It means everything. I came into this week trying to defend, I prepped really well, had a great week in Birmingham with my coach, I brought my physio over and tried to make everything happen to defend the …….