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Squash: Kiwi reaches quarter-finals in Cairo

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New Zealand’s world No.7 Paul Coll has had another solid victory in the Black Ball Cairo Squash Open Platinum tournament with a win over England’s Chris Simpson in straight-games in the third round.

Simpson was forced to come through a tough five-game battle with Egypt’s Zahed Salem in the previous round, while Coll defeated United States No.1 Todd Harrity 3-0 and it was the New Zealander who carried his winning momentum through.

Coll started strongly and managed to hold off a couple of fightbacks from Simpson, who tested the Kiwi’s resilience at times, however, Coll powered through to an 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 win in 46 minutes. .

"He had the better head-to-head," said the 26-year-old from Greymouth who is pushing to improve on his current career-high ranking.

"He’s a class player and I knew I had to be focused from the word go. I had to not back off at any point in the match because he is a very mentally tough competitor. I’m happy to be off in three and looking forward to tomorrow.

Coll has now set up to set up an intriguing quarter-final clash with Germany’s Simon Rösner who is at his career high ranking of No.3 and is in top form, including beating Coll recently in four games at the Qatar Open

"I’m really looking to it. We have clean battles, both play the ball and I love that type of match where it just comes down to free flowing brutal squash. I’m going to recover well tonight and get ready for a big match tomorrow."

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