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Paul Coll into third round of the PSA Men's World Squash Champs

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New Zealand’s Paul Coll is through to the third round of the PSA Men’s World Squash Championship after defeating Spain’s Borja Golan at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Currently at world No.5, Coll took the first game after a faltering start, but then found his rhythm and eventually won it 11-7.

However he came out firing in the second, reeling off five straight points to which Golan had no response. The third was tighter, but Coll remained focused and was able to win the match in straight games with a scoreline of 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 in 40 minutes, booking his place in the last 16 of the tournament.

"I feel very happy. He came out like a cut-snake in that first game, he was very attacking and playing at a high intensity and it caught me off guard a little bit. I was a bit unsettled in those early rallies," Coll admitted.

"Once I found my lines, I really enjoyed the court. You get a lot of rewards for a good shot on this court. I am really happy to get off in three and it was a good second round match for me.

"The court was nice as long as you play good squash. You can get caught out if they are in front of you and they are playing well because it makes it really hard to defend. It is quite a cold court, so whoever is hitting their targets the most really applies the pressure most because you get such rewards for a good shot," said Coll, the tournament fourth seed.

"It has been a good tournament so far but I have got eyes on much further down the line. I am just taking it match-by-match and not getting caught up in it. I am really happy today but I am also looking ahead to my next match."

Coll now plays 12th seeded Egyptian, Omar Mosaad on Wednesdays morning for a place in the quarter-finals.

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