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International kiwi squash player starts season in positive manner

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New Zealand squash player Paul Coll has started his PSA international season with a win to move into the quarter-finals of the Open de France, Nantes 2019 after a convincing victory over England’s George Parker at La Maison du Squash.

The Kiwi, seeded No.2 for this week’s event, controlled the match well, forcing the Englishman into several mistakes. Coll won the first 11-6, before then taking the second by the same scoreline.

The 35 minutes victory will set up a clash with either home favourite Mathieu Castagnet or reigning champion Declan James.

"I was happy with that. I think it was very high quality squash. It was 5-5 so I had to keep telling myself that I was playing well and that it was just a high quality game. At the end of that, I kept going and he just fell away at the end of the first," Coll admitted.

"There was not a lot in the whole match, maybe I got him a little bit physically. Overall, it was a good match and I am happy to come away with the win.

The world No.6 from Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island had great results last season and is targeting more good performances in the lead up to the men’s world champs in Doha, Qatar in November.

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