New Zealand squash players are in action around the world for the start of the new international season.
Commonwealth Games medallists Paul Coll and Joelle King are set to compete in their respective draws at the US$120,500 China Squash Open in Shanghai starting today.
Coll, ranked 10 in the world and seeded fourth faces Scottish veteran Alan Clyne in his first match of the tournament, which is a second round game.
King the fourth seed in the women’s event plays India’s Joshna Chinappa in her opening match, also in the second round. King has an 8-1 head-to-head record against her opponent including at the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
In Europe at the US$28,000 tournament at Nantes in France another Gold Coast representative, Campbell Grayson was in action, however he was defeated in the second round in straight games by Baptiste Masottie.
Meanwhile members of the New Zealand women’s team depart for China in the next 24 hours for the world women's team champs to be held in Dalian, 11-16 September.
Coach Kylie Lindsay along with Abbie Palmer and Kaitlyn Watts (Palmerston North) leave tomorrow morning with Amanda Landers Murphy travelling later in the day.
They will link up with King once she completes her tournament in Shanghai.
New Zealand are seeded seventh at the world champs and are in Pool B alongside second seeds England, 10th seeds Japan and unseeded Finland who they play in their first match on Tuesday.