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Paul Coll taking on world's best In second home tournament

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A home-away-from-home for Kiwi Paul Coll at the PSA tournament in the Netherlands, the DPD Open in Eindhoven.

The 26-year-old from Greymouth on the West Coast is based in Hoofddorp in the Netherlands and is loving the fact he doesn’t have to travel far to play a top tournament.

"I’m really looking forward to playing so close to my second home in Holland. I’m feeling really good coming off a win in London (Canary Wharf Classic) and playing just an hour’s drive away from my home over here," said the world No.5 who is the sixth seed at the event and has been in good form of late.

"The lead in for the tournament has been perfect, I’ve been playing and training well. I’m looking forward to my first match."

Coll will face German, Raphael Kandra ranked at No.14 in his opening match in the second round of the tournament scheduled for early Friday morning.

However the only time they have played in a competition match was in 2015 in the semifinals of the NZ Southern Open where the German won in straight games.

If Coll wins against Kandra it’s likely he’ll play third seed, but now current No.6 Karim Abel Gawad (Egypt) in the quarters. He is seeded to play world No.2 Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egypt) in the semis.

The tournament in is a PSA Gold status event worth US$106,000 and provides good build up for the Platinum tournaments at El Gouna in Egypt later in the month and the British Open in May.

Meanwhile a the Macau Open a PSA bronze tournament, New Zealand women’s No.2 Amanda Landers-Murphy from Rotorua beat Chan Sin Yuk (Hong Kong) 8-11, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10 in the first round in 46 minutes.

She now faces third seed and world No. 15 Joshna Chinappa in the second round.

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