New Zealand world No.8 Paul Coll became the first male Kiwi since the 1990s to reach the semi-finals of a major PSA Tour event after he claimed a huge 3-2 win over world No.3 Tarek Momen at the U.S. Open Squash Championships, PSA Platinum event.
The pair played out an 96-minute epic at Philadelphia’s Drexel University which saw some punishing rallies which put both players through their paces as Coll twice recovered from a game down to set up
Coll and Momen both squandered match balls until a no let was given against Momen on the second of Coll’s match balls. That sent the Kiwi through to the semi-finals of the tournament
for the first time, with Coll winning by 6-11, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11.
“It feels amazing,” said Coll. “Tarek is a great player and he’s so fast, but I felt that I really found my game more in the fourth and fifth. There were a few edgy shots in the fifth, but I got a $300 parking fine earlier today so that was a bit of extra motivation to pay that off.
“I’ve been working hard on my game, so I’m just excited to see where I am against the best in the world.”
Coll will now take on world No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy who is in the semis for the fifth time in succession. The match will be played on Saturday afternoon (NZ time).
Coll and ElShorbagy have played twice previously, with the Egyptian winning on both occasions, including the quarter-finals of the British Open earlier this year.