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Coll starts PSA World Tour Finals with win

Paul Coll plays a shot in his first match at the PSA World Tour Finals
Paul Coll plays a backhand drop up close to the front wall in his opening match at the PSA World Tour Finals PHOTO: PSA TOUR

New Zealand's Paul Coll has started his PSA World Tour Finals in emphatic fashion with straight game win over Egypt’s Maze Hesham.


Coll had won all seven of his previous matches against Hesham coming into the match and extended his winning run courtesy of an 11-9 11-2 win after just 22 minutes in Seattle.


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The opening game was the closest of the two, with Hesham often going for quick winners to put points on the board, however Coll was able to absorb the pressure and push the Egyptian into some length rallies,


Coll never looked back after taking the first and the second game quickly followed as he took the maximum four points on offer.


“He came out of the blocks as I thought he would,” said current world No 3 Coll after the match.

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“I knew what I had to do, I had to not panic and get in front of him. He’s a hard player to play in this format, so I’m happy with how I closed it out.


“I’ve won a few best of three tournaments, so I like to think I’m one of the favourites there. I actually don’t mind it, it takes one of my strengths out, but does add to some of my other strengths. If you make too many mistakes in this format it’s a killer, but I think it suits all of the top eight players really.”


The next match for Coll is against fourth ranked Diego Elias of Peru.


The West Coaster was a beaten finalist in the tournament in 2022.

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