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Coll beaten in tough encounter by defending champ

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New Zealand’s Paul Coll has been beaten in the quarter-finals of US Squash Open in Philadelphia by Egyptian world No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy.

The Kiwi player had never beaten El Shorbagy in their previous four meetings and the former world No.1 and defending champ ensured that winning streak continued as he secured a 12-10, 14-12, 11-5 victory in 60 minutes.

Two gruelling opening games went in the favour of the Egyptian with both players trading points and uncharacteristic errors as they pushed each other to their limits on court.

In the third, El Shorbagy was able to ramp up the pressure on world No.5 Coll to comfortably start to pull away and extend his lead before eventually closing out the victory on the one hour mark.

"Playing Paul is always going to be tough," said El Shorbagy afterwards. "You have to accept before you go on court with him that you are going to go through a physical war with him before you can try to beat him. I think the first and second game were crucial, he had his leads in the first game, I had my leads in the second, we both lost focus when each one of us was leading, but I think a little bit of experience got me through them."

The next tournament for Coll is the Egyptian Open Platinum event later this month in Cairo.

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