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Paul Coll (fore) is through to the second round after beating Victor Crouin (back)

CIB Black Ball Open RD1: Coll Cruises Past Crouin

World No.4 Paul Coll defeated Frenchman Victor Crouin in straight games to book his place in the second round of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open in Cairo.

The Kiwi, who is now at his highest ever World Ranking, came through the clash with relative ease, spending just 34 minutes on court en route to the last 16 of the PSA World Tour Gold level event.

Coll allowed his French opponent to score just 14 points throughout the entire match as he made his way through, with the Qatar Classic finalist showing his skills to keep Crouin at bay.

“I was trying to come out a bit more aggressive that I have done in the previous couple of tournaments. I thought I was a bit passive in the early rounds so I wanted to start today, try to dominate the middle and take the ball in short when it was there and just play some more proactive squash.

“I started using the [HEAD] racket straight after Qatar, had four weeks with it, loved it straight away. The gear is my gear, and its some of the best of the world, so it is pretty easy to get used to.

“The squash community and especially the French boys, had a really hard loss today. They lost a friend so I just wanted to send my regards out to Victor and all the French boys playing today and his friends and family for that tragic loss that we had.”

[4] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Victor Crouin (FRA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-2 (34m)

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