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Wins for Joelle King and Paul Coll in Egypt

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Two out of two for New Zealand’s top squash players at the big PSA Platinum tournament at El Gouna, Egypt.

Both Joelle King and Paul Coll have progressed to the third round of the tournament after straight game second round matches.

World No.5 King beat Frenchwoman Coline Aumard, taking the first game 11-8 with a real battle and then wrapped up the match 11-4, 11-5, however it was tougher than the score indicated.

"Coline and I have not really played that much before, which is quite interesting considering we are pretty similar in age," said the 30-year-old Kiwi. "I had to be on my toes from the start. She is such a strong player and she moves so well. I had to try and take confidence away from her movement, and give myself confidence by doing that. It is nice to get off on a hot court in three.

King will now take on Mariam Metwally from Eygpt who is ranked 27th in the world. The pair have never played before.

In the men’s draw Coll ranked at No.5 in the world defeated Spanish veteran Borja Golan who played through the pain of tweaked neck muscles and had no answer to the Kiwis consistency and power.

"I think he had tweaked his neck or something. It is the second time we have played and the second time he has been inured so I hope I am not his bad luck charm," said Coll. "I just hope he gets better quickly because it is such a shame for him and that he has hurt himself again. Hopefully it is not too serious.

"[It was] all or nothing squash so, I had an inkling in the first few rallies but, I was not too sure until after the match when I spoke to him," said Coll who won the match 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 in 23 minutes.

Coll now has a tough task as he faces feisty Joel Makin (Wales) ranked 15th who is a difficult competitor on the PSA tour. They have played twice previously with Coll winning earlier this year and Makin in 2016.

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