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Kiwis find going tough at world finals in Egypt

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Another bad day in tough conditions at the PSA Squash World Tour Finals in Cairo, Egypt for top 10 ranked Kiwi pros, Paul Coll and Joelle King.

Both players were beaten in straight games by Egyptians in very humid conditions and in front of a partisan crowd for their opponents.

For Coll the loss to eighth seed Mohamed Abouelghar was a difficult match as the Egyptian raced to a 8-1 lead including gaining the a few bounces of the ball in his favour. In the second game Coll pushed himself ahead to a 5-2 lead, but his rival was always able to come up with the pressure shots.

In the end Coll was unable to challenge the relentless attack of Abouelghar as the 25-year-old Egyptian put in a dominant display to comfortably despatch the Kiwi by an 11-3, 11-6 scoreline in 27 minutes.

Then Joelle King played her third match of the tournament and found herself against world No.1 Raneem El Welily, a player she had beaten before. However there was to be no victory on this occasion with the Egyptian too strong.

El Welily showed why she is the favourite for the title looking in control for all of the match and winning 11-7, 11-7 in 19 minutes.

The tournament is now over for King, but for Coll there’s an outside chance of him making the semifinals, however he’d have to defeat world No.1 Ali Farga (Egypt) in his next match tomorrow morning and then check other scorelines.

Coll and King will both play in the Barfoot and Thompson New Zealand Nationals at Unitec in Auckland, June 27-30.

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