Coll wins British Squash Open

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Kiwi Paul Coll has become the first New Zealand man to win the British Open squash title.

The 29-year-old beat world champion Ali Farag (Egypt) 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 in the final in Hull.

It is only the second time Coll has beaten Farag in their 15 matches.

After the match, Coll had this to say.

“I just want to thank everyone from New Zealand and everyone who’s helped me over my career to get to this stage. There are too many people to single out but thank you all. I love you all.

Coll is currently ranked 4th in the world. However, this latest result should see him rise.

The only New Zealander to make the men’s final was Ross Norman. He lost the 1986 title match to 10-time champion Jahangir Khan.

Dame Susan Devoy and Leilani Joyce are both multiple winners of the women’s title. Dame Susan won the tournament eight times from 1984-1990 and 1992, while Joyce prevailed in 1999 and 2000.

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