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Squash: Coll beaten in quarterfinals at Qatar Classic

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A loss for Kiwi Paul Coll in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Classic Platinum squash tournament this morning.

Seventh seed Coll was defeated by world No.4 Simon Rosner of Germany in four games in 64 minutes at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

The German player started slowly and made a large number of uncharacteristic errors giving Coll the edge and the first game 11-8. However in the second game Rosner raced to a 5-nil lead before a huge effort from the Kiwi saw him fight back to 8-all. After a number of tight points Rosner eventually took the game 11-9.

The third game had Coll play too loose and unable to find his range with Rosner able to jump on his errors to secure the set 11-4.

Once again fortunes changed with the new set as Coll moved into a 5-1 head and then 9-6 in the fourth game. However a sudden surge from Rosner had his shots becoming sharper as the scores were levelled at 9-all. He then saved a game ball at 9-10 before securing the next two points at the match for an overall 8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10 victory.

"I just never found the right balance between being too relaxed and being too stressed. I was not thinking enough about my shots, they didn’t have any purpose, and I need to be thinking more about what I’m doing instead of just reacting to what he is doing.

I had the lead in that fourth, I needed to tighten my game, not playing loose like. I did. I need to learn to close down those matches," said Coll who will play his next tournament at the Hong Kong Platinum event November 19-26.

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