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Paul Coll with a trademark dive

Seeds Sail Through Southern Open First Round


New Zealand No.1 Paul Coll spearheaded the charge of the top seeds in the opening round of the ILT – Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open, PSA M15 tournament as all eight seeded players progressed to the quarter-final stage at the Squash City club.

Coll, who has won his last two tournaments, came up against compatriot Lance Beddoes in his first round encounter, with the duo meeting for the third time on the PSA World Tour. The 24-year-old proved to be too strong for his fellow New Zealander and Coll dominated the court to triumph by a comfortable 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 margin of victory.

The World No.34, who incidentally played his 200th match on the PSA World Tour, will look to extend his nine-match unbeaten run against England’s Joshua Masters in the last eight after he recovered from a 2-0 deficit to beat Australian qualifier Rhys Dowling.

Last year’s runner-up Tsz Fung Yip is also through to the quarter-final after he saw off the attentions of home player Evan Williams. Fung Yip, who lost out to Raphael Kandra in the 2015 final, was clinical and precise with his shots throughout the course of the 29-minute fixture and stifled Williams’s attempts to hit winners to come through in three and set up a next round meeting with Joshua Larkin, who overcame Matias Tuomi.

Meanwhile, Rex Hedrick will contest a quarter-final fixture with Welshman Peter Creed after they beat Ashley Davies and wildcard Ben Grindrod, respectively.

The other quarter-final encounter sees England’s Angus Gillams pit his wits against James Huang of Taiwan. Gillams achieved a routine straight games victory against Sion Wiggin to advance unscathed, while Huang swept past Mohd Syafiq Kamal to win 3-0.

Results – First Round: ILT – Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open 2016
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 (23m)
[6] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [Q] Rhys Dowling (AUS) 3-2: 9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5 (62m)
[5] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [WC] Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)
[3] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [Q] Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-1: 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (60m)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt [Q] Sion Wiggin (NZL) 11-4, 11-2, 11-6 (21m)
[8] James Huang (TPE) bt [Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (21m)
[7] Joshua Larkin (AUS) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-0: 11-1, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (29m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [6] Joshua Masters (ENG)
[5] Peter Creed (WAL) v [3] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) v [8] James Huang (TPE)
[7] Joshua Larkin (AUS) v [2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)

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