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Paul Coll wins opening match in Egypt

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New Zealand squash professional, Paul Coll has eased his way into the last 16 of the Cairo Black Ball Open Platinum tournament in Egypt.

Ranked at a career-high seven in the world Coll defeated American Todd Harrity in straight games 11-6, 11-4, 11-3 in his opening round match and was justifiable happy with the victory.

"It was very good win," said the 26-year-old."Todd is a quality player, he’s fast and it was coming fast off the front wall. I played on this court a couple of months ago in Egyptian League and felt good on there - really liked the court, so today it was no surprise to me and I enjoyed playing on here.

"I just want to keep pushing further into these tournaments, I don’t want to be satisfied with just reaching the quarter-finals anymore, I’ve managed to do that a couple of times, so I’d like to keep pushing these top four guys and keep pushing hard to try and go further and further in these events."

The next match for Coll is a clash with Englishman, Chris Simpson who has a current world ranking of 40.

"Chris [Simpson] is a quality player, has got lots of experience and very talented with a racket. I’m going to have my work cut out for me and hopefully we have a good match."

If Coll can win against Simpson it’s likely he will face German world No.3 Simon Rosner in the quarter-finals.

Earlier in the Cairo tournament Auckland’s Campbell Grayson won his first round match over a Finnish opponent, before bowing out to Malaysian, Eain Yow Ng in straight games.

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