Paul Coll’s run at the Black Ball Cairo Open PSA tournament has came to an end over the weekend with a defeat in the semifinals to the second seed Ali Farag of Egypt.
Supported by a vocal crowd Farag was too strong throughout and didn’t let Coll settle into his rhythm. Only a late comeback in the third game gave the Kiwi world No.7 a chance of taking the match further.
Eventually it was Farag who prevailed with a 11-4, 11-4, 13-11 victory in 47 minutes to seal his spot in the final.
For Coll the tournament pushed him closer towards a higher ranking and gave him one of his best career wins, over No.3 Simon Rosner the previous round.
The Greymouth 26-year-old has now made the semis, quarter-finals and quarter-finals of his last three tournaments, all of which have been Platinum events.
He returns to New Zealand in a few days where he will play an exhibition series against world No.11 Diego Elias (Peru) December 13 – 19 in five locations around the country.