A win and a loss for New Zealand squash players at the China Open in Shanghai.
Men’s world No.10 Paul Coll got the better of Scottish veteran Alan Clyne in his opening match in straight games, however Waikato player Joelle King was beaten in match in five games.
King, ranked at four in the world lost to India’s top 20 player Joshna Chinappa 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 10-12, 8-11, in 61 minutes in a second round match in the US$120,500 draw which could have gone either way.
Fourth seed, Coll, 26 had an easy win on the scoreboard in the men’s US$120,500 draw which takes him into the quarter-finals where he’ll now face Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi who is ranked No.28.
For Coll the win over Clyne was a tough test despite the 11-7, 11-5, 11-0 scoreline which took 39 minutes.
“The conditions are hot and Alan’s fit so I knew it was going to be a test of who can play the most accurate squash.
“I’ve been doing a lot on that over the summer and I was really pleased with the performance and how I executed my game plan. I don’t really know what to expect from Abdulla, he’s very talented and I think it will be very fast. I’ll have to watch him a lot because he’s very tricky and skillful so it should be a good test,” said Coll.
If he wins his quarter-final match it’s likely Coll will face top seeded German and world No.5 Simon Rosner in the semifinals.