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Paul Coll (fore) and Borja Golan in action on Sunday evening

Men's Worlds: Coll Cruises Past Golan Into Last 16

New Zealand’s Paul Coll is through to the third round of the PSA Men’s World Championship after defeating Spain’s Borja Golan at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Qatar.

The Kiwi, who is currently ranked at World No.5, his highest-ever placing in the World Rankings, did not start too well, though, as the 37-year-old Spaniard tried to get a fast start.

It would be Coll that went on to take the first game, though, as he was able to find his line in the middle part of the game, before moving into the lead and eventually taking it 11-7. He then came out firing in the second, telling off five straight points.

Golan had no response for the World No.5, as the New Zealander extended his lead in the match to two games. The third was tighter, but Coll was able to win the match in straight games, booking his place in the last 16 on Tuesday evening.

“I feel very happy. He came out like a cut-snake in that first game, he was very attacking and playing at a high intensity and it caught me off guard a little bit. I was a bit unsettled in those early rallies,” Coll admitted.

“Once I found my lines, I really enjoyed the court. You get a lot of rewards for a good shot on this court. I am really happy to get off in three and it was a good second round match for me.

“The court was nice as long as you play good squash. You can get caught out if they are in front of you and they are playing well because it makes it really hard to defend. It is quite a cold court, so whoever is hitting their targets the most really applies the pressure most because you get such rewards for a good shot.

“It has been a good tournament so far but I have got eyes on much further down the line. I am just taking it match-by-match and not getting caught up in it. I am really happy today but I am also looking ahead to my next match.”

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (40m)

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