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Paul Coll (fore) was eventually victorious over Omar Mosaad

Men’s Worlds: Coll Through After Monumental Battle With Mosaad

Paul Coll is through to the quarter finals of the PSA Men’s World Championship after defeating World No.15 in a battle that lasted almost two hours at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The pair were meeting for the first time in over a year, with Coll coming into the match holding a narrow 2-1 advantage, but it was the ‘Hammer of Thor’ that started the stronger of the two in this clash in Doha.

Thanks to some lengthy rallies, and making the World No.5 move around the court in the opening exchanges, Mosaad was able to take the first game 11-9. He then hit the tin with both game balls he had earned in the second game, allowing the Kiwi to swoop in and tie the match at 1-1.

Coll was able to build on that momentum into the third game, as he won four of the first five points, but the Egyptian came fighting back to within a point. The New Zealander was able to scrape through the third, winning it 11-9 to move in front for the first time in the match.

It looked as though Mosaad was down and out after the third, but the ‘Hammer of Thor’ came battling back, winning the first four points. The World No.15 hit some wonderful boasts in the latter part of the game, pushing the match into a decider.

The fifth game lasted well over half an hour, and was littered with refereeing decisions throughout. Coll made what looked like a telling move in the middle part, going up 10-7. However, Mosaad was able to save all three match balls, before then saving another two in the ensuing tie-break.

The Egyptian then had two match balls of his own, but the World No.5 was able to quell the threat on both of those. Coll was eventually able to get over the line thanks to another decision, winning the match in 118 minutes, the longest of the tournament so far.

“I am very relieved because it was really scrappy squash there at the end. There wasn’t many flowing rallies so it became tough mentally and the ball was getting soft, so I just had to keep it together and I am happy that I came through out the other side,” Coll admitted.

“I knew I just had to keep on it mentally and I always thought that I should have closed it out earlier. It got a bit scrappy and I lost my squash and I lost what I was doing. In the end, I got a bit more positive, a bit more aggressive and I took the game to him and I was happy to close it out on that final match ball.

“I had to just survive. I had to chase down everything and do whatever I can do, making sure the ball was never going to bounce twice. I need to go and see the physio now, get some food in men and maybe go to the pool. I need to recover as much as I can. Physically I was feeling alright, it was just mentally that it was tiring.”

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [12] Omar Mosaad (EGY) 3-2: 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 6-11, 16-14 (118m)

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