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Kiwi squash pro scores easy win

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New Zealand’s world No.5 Paul Coll has this morning put in a controlled performance against Germany’s Raphael Kandra to secure a quarter-final berth in gold status PSA DPD Open in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The recently crowned Canary Wharf Classic winner was in unstoppable form as he comfortably put Kandra to the sword 12-10, 11-3, 11-4 in 42 minutes.

Coll sneaked the first game on the tie-break after Kandra fought back at him, however, after taking the lead it was plain sailing for the Kiwi as he never allowed his German opponent ranked 14 in the world to get comfortable on court

Coll will now face Egypt’s former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the last eight of the tournament.

"I felt really good," said the 26-year-old from Greymouth. "Even in the first when there was that stoppage, I think I just stopped concentrating and he stepped up and started attacking me. I just had to switch my mentality and get back to my volleying and staying in front of him because he’s very dangerous around the middle of the court and if I took that away from him, I felt like I could get the edge.

"It felt really amazing to win in Canary Wharf, I just lost out in the final the week before, which really hurt. I felt good all week and then to miss out on the title, so to follow it up the following week with a title felt really amazing, it has been a couple of years and I feel really good and enjoying my squash.

"I moved over here and I really liked the country and I have a lot of friends here. Then I met my girlfriend who is from Belgium and we made a home here and we really enjoy our lives in Holland and hopefully I’ll get some support here."

Coll’s quarter-final match against Gawad is Saturday morning (NZT)

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