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Paul Coll wins first round at men's squash world champs

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New Zealand’s Paul Coll booked his place in the last second round of the PSA Men’s World Squash Championships in Doha, Qatar after easing past wildcard Hamad Al-Hamri by an 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 scoreline in just 20 minutes.

Doha-born Al-Hamri, 19, showed good touches particularly in the front left corner as he pulled Coll away from the ’T’ at times, but the World No.5 and tournament fourth seed was too strong for him as he collected a comfortable victory.

"It’s been a good start [to the season], there have been a couple of matches that haven’t gone my way, but I’ve learned a lot from those," said West Coaster Coll.

"I started off with a new coach in the summer time which has been really helpful for me. I’m just grooving my technique a little bit which will give me a few more options at the front hopefully, and I’m just trying to up my game to compete with those top two and top four players on a consistent basis.

"My goal has always been the same since I started, but I’m trying to tick off goals as I go, and there are only a few left. I’m still looking at the same goals, but I’m ticking off things such as top five, a few semi-finals and hopefully a few more finals," said Coll who now has a second round meeting with Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan, who beat India’s Ramit Tandon in straight games.

"I’ll train all day tomorrow and keep my body ticking along. I’ll try and get on the glass tomorrow, do a gym session and keep the body moving throughout the day."

Unfortunately fellow Kiwi Campbell Grayson was beaten by Egyptian whizz-kid and current world junior champion Mostafa Asal who is ranked 23 in the world 10-12, 5-11, 5-11 in the first round.

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