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Paul Coll (right) during his match with Gregoire Marche (left)

Egyptian Open: Coll Beats Marche in Lengthy Clash

New Zealand’s Paul Coll booked his quarter-final berth as he came through a lengthy 69-minute battle with Frenchman Gregoire Marche in the day’s second and final match at Shooting Club 6th of October.

Both players play a similar style of squash, with rallies comprising of solid hitting down the front wall, while the pair showcased their strong retrieval abilities any time a player went short.

Marche had two game balls in a 23-minute opening game but was unable to capitalise as Coll fought back to take the opener. The second soon followed, but he wasn’t able to see it out in three as Marche halved the deficit.

Coll was back on top though in the fourth to seal his place in the next round, where he will play India’s Saurav Ghosal or India’s Fares Dessouky.

“I was pretty happy [with the way he played],” Coll said.

“I switched off in a couple of periods there, he got a good lead in the first, I was a bit passive and not really sort of taking the game. But I was happy the way I responded at the end.

“At the end of the third I was waiting almost waiting for an error, which is the wrong way to play against someone like him, But then I’m happy to come out in the fourth and put in a pretty dominant fourth game.

“It will be unbelievable [to play at the Pyramids] ,just looking at the pictures from last night, you don’t really get the feel of it until you see it [the glass court] sitting there in front of those, so I’m incredibly excited to play there.

“It’s easily one of the most iconic sporting events in any sport, so I’m super excited for that, and I might head down tonight and watch Fares and Saurav play to see who comes out in that. Then I’ll try and get on court tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to it.”

[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-1: 13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-2 (69m)

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