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Success In The United States For Kiwi Squash Pros

New Zealand squash pro Paul Coll has won his way into the final of the US$70,000 Motor City Open in Detroit after dispatching eighth seed Nicolas Mueller of Switzerland in four games.

Twenty-five-year-old Coll who is seeded second and ranked 13th in the world won his semfiinal 10-12 11-2 11-4 11-6 and will now meet top seed and world No.4 Marwan El Shorbagy of Egypt in the final. Matches can be viewed on LiveStream here with Paul's match at 10am NZT.

Coll had previously downed fifth-seeded Australian Ryan
Cuskelly in the quarter-finals. Coll, whose world ranking this week dropped from ninth to 13th, outlasted world No.18 Cuskelly 6-11 11-5 9-11 11-9 11-2 in an 89-minute battle.

The 25-year-old Coll had earlier cruised through the first round with a straight sets win over unseeded English qualifier Nathan Lake.

Fellow Kiwi Campbell Grayson, ranked 41st in the world, was dispatched 11-6 11-9 11-8 by eighth seed Nicolas Mueller of Switzerland in 42 minutes.

Grayson, who needed two qualifying matches to make the main draw had earlier upset fourth-seeded Peruvian Diego Elias in the first round in five sets.

Meanwhile third-seeded New Zealander Joelle King is into the semis of the women’s US$50,000 Cleveland Classic after beating seventh seed Tesni Evans from Wales 11-7 7-11 11-5 13-11 in her latest match. She now will play fifth seed Amanda Sobhy (United States) in the semifinals.

Joelle King has cruised into the quarter-finals of the US$50,000 Cleveland Classic after beating Canadian qualifier Hollie Naughton 11-8 12-10 11-5 in a shade over 30 minutes.

The New Zealand squash team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be named on Wednesday.


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