Coll beaten in bloody US Open semi­fi­nal

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World No 8 Kiwi Paul Coll lost his semi­fi­nal at the US Open in Philadel­phia to top seed Mo­hamed ElShorbagy of Egypt 7-11 11-8 11-4 11-6. Coll re­ceived an un­in­ten­tional knock to the head which re­quired ban­dag­ing and later stitches dur­ing the match. It caused a lengthy stop­page at 10-7 but did not seem to dis­rupt the Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list as he went on to take the game 11-7 and then started the sec­ond brightly. He took a com­mand­ing lead to put him in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory against the Egyp­tian, who he has never beaten on the PSA Tour, but ElShorbagy was re­silient to level the scores at 8-8 be­fore go­ing on to take the game. From that mo­ment, the Egyp­tian put Coll un­der huge pres­sure to fi­nally book his place in the fi­nal.

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