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Kiwi squash players ready for third round World Champs

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New Zealand squash players Joelle King and Paul Coll are getting ready for the big time as they prepare for their third round matches at the PSA World Championships in Chicago.

King, the third ranked player in the world, but tournament fourth seed survived a five game match in her previous round and now faces 18th seed Joey Chan from Hong Kong for a place in the quarter-finals.

The match is set to be played at 7am tomorrow (Wednesday) NZT on the glass court at the famous Union Station.

Thirty-year-old, King the three-time medal winner from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games can’t wait to be on the main court at the unique venue.

"I haven’t actually seen the glass in person yet, I’ve seen all the pictures and watched on squash TV. it looks amazing. I’m excited to get on the court and play. I’m playing Joey Chan who beat Joshna Chinappa who is a higher seed than her and in straight sets, so obviously she’s playing well. It will be nice to get on to the glass I’ve become comfortable on the glass courts now at this stage of my career.

If King wins she will play either Malaysian great Nicol David or French fifth seed Camille Serme in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile 26-year-old Coll ranked sixth, but seeded seventh for the world champs plays Egyptian 13th seed Fares Dessouky in his third round match on Wednesday morning, also on the glass court. A potential clash with second seed Ali Farag (Egypt) awaits in the last eight.

There is free live streaming of matches on the glass court at Union Station on this site

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