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Paul Coll in action at the Windy City Open

Coll Leads Top Four Seeds into Southern Open Semis


The top four seeds in the ILT – Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open, headed by New Zealand No.1 Paul Coll, will contest the semi-final places of the PSA M15 tournament held in the Squash City Club.

Coll, who is looking to claim three successive PSA World Tour titles for the first time in his career, took to the court against England’s Joshua Masters and forced a number of errors from the number six seed after working him around the court well to take the opening game.

A strong response from Masters in game two saw the duo trade points until the mid-way point, where more errors from the 21-year-old gifted Coll a two-game advantage, who then dictated the tempo of the third to take it for the loss of a single point, securing an 11-5, 11-8, 11-1 victory to send him through to the semi-final.

Coll will line up against Australia’s Rex Hedrick for a place in the showpiece finale, with Hedrick coming through an entertaining three-game match against Welshman Peter Creed.

Angus Gillams, the Englishman who has won two of his last five PSA World Tour events, will join Coll and Hedrick in the last four courtesy of a 3-1 triumph against eighth seed James Huang. He will face Tsz Fung Yip in the next round, with Fung Yip beating Joshua Larkin in a match that ended with a stunning 39-shot rally.

Results – Quarter-Final: ILT – Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open 2016
[1] Paul Coll (NZ) bt [6] Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-1 (31m)
[3] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt [5] Peter Creed (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 (36m)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt [8] James Huang (TAI) 3-1: 11-3, 11-5, 10-12, 11-3 (46m)
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) bt [7] Joshua Larkin (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (36m)

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [3] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) v [2] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)

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