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Paul Coll in action at the 2016 Windy City Open

Coll Ends Alexander's Unbeaten Run in Australian Open


Defending champion Paul Coll ended home hope Zac Alexander’s incredible 31-match unbeaten streak to advance to the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open, PSA M15 tournament held at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Alexander’s superb unbeaten run had seen him win seven PSA World Tour titles on the bounce and the World No.80 hadn’t tasted defeat since the 2015 instalment of this tournament over a year ago.

But Coll, the World No.31, came into the pair’s encounter as the heavy favourite and took a two-game lead courtesy of two crucial tie-break victories. Alexander’s resistance broken, Coll pressed on in the third to close out a 12-10, 16-14, 11-5 triumph, setting up a last eight clash with Welshman Joel Makin after his fixture with Kush Kumar was cut short due to an injury to the latter.

Rhys Dowling was the only Australian to progress from the second round after he dispatched New Zealand’s Ben Grindrod. World No.152 Grindrod raced out of the traps to win the opening game, but Dowling fought back to take the next three games without reply to ensure he will take on England’s Joe Lee, who beat Arthur Gaskin, in the next round.

Number two seed Campbell Grayson, meanwhile, secured his quarter-final berth thanks to a comfortable win against India’s Ravi Dixit and he will face off against seventh seed Reiko Peter for a place in the semi-final after Peter saw off the attentions of Rohan Toole.

Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and India’s Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu round off the other quarter-final fixture and will go head-to-head after respective wins against Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Evan Williams in their second round matches.

Results – Second Round: Australian Open 2016
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [8] Zac Alexander (AUS) 3-0: 12-10, 16-14, 11-5
[7] Joel Makin (WAL) bt Kush Kumar (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 4-1 ret.
[5] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 12-10, 11-5, 11-6
[3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-3
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 3-1: 11-5, 12-10, 11-13, 11-3
Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-1: 6-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-8
[7] Reiko Peter (SUI) bt Rohan Toole (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-9
[2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Ravi Dixit (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-5

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [7] Joel Makin (WAL)
[5] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND) v [3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
[4] Joe Lee (ENG) v Rhys Dowling (AUS)
[7] Reiko Peter (SUI) v [2] Campbell Grayson (NZL)

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The following quarter-final matches will be streamed live (all times are local GMT+10)
19:45 [7] Reiko Peter (SUI) v [2] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
21:15 [1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [7] Joel Makin (WAL)

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