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Mostafa Asal celebrates following his CIB Egyptian Open win over Paul Coll

CIB Egyptian Open QFs: Asal Beats Coll to Reach Maiden Platinum Semi

19-year-old Egyptian Mostafa Asal overcame World No.5 Paul Coll in a dramatic five-game scrap in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza to reach a PSA World Tour Platinum semi-final for the first time in his short career.

Asal, an enigmatic two-time World Junior Champion, fought back from 2-1 in an absorbing contest to complete an 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10 victory after 103 minutes of action – sparking wild celebrations that saw him rip off his shirt and sweatband and throw them out of the court.

The match veered from the sublime to the ridiculous, with passages of expertly crafted rallies, incredible shot-making and superhuman retrievals making way for scrappy periods of play and plenty of discussions with the referee, with Coll accusing his opponent of blocking on a few occasions.

Coll kept his composure and didn’t get involved in any of the antics on court during the first half of the match, but his focus began to slip the longer the match went on and Asal ground out the victory to result in jubilant scenes.

“Everyone who is Egyptian plays like this in this country,” Asal said.

“The support of this crowd is unbelievable. Without them, it wouldn’t be like this.”

Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt [4] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-2: 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10 (103m)

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