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Coll bows out in epic match to world no.1

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The Squash World Tour Finals are over for Paul Coll after an epic contest against world No.1 Ali Farag of Egypt which was arguably the best match of the tournament.

Coll looked in fine form as he won the first game 11-9 as the top seed appeared lethargic at times and the 27-year-old player from Greymouth had energy to burn.

In the second game Coll again looked good as he edged his way to a significant lead at 6-3 ahead. However Farag who has been in top form throughout the last season then dragged himself back into the match, questioning every call along the way to eventually win the game 12-10.

In the third game it was Coll who had to come back and save three match points at 6-10 down, including a stroke against Farag which made the score 10-9 to the Egyptian. After another lengthy rally Coll eventually hit an error to give the match to Farag 9-11, 12-1 11-9.

Even with the match the best of three games it still took 69 minutes in hot conditions with a crowd supporting Farag all the way.

Coll along with fellow top 10 ranked Kiwi Joelle King now make their way back to New Zealand to take part in Barfoot and Thompson NZ Squash Nationals at Unitec in Auckland 27-30 June.

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