Coll into US Open semis

The Southland Times - - Sport -

New Zealand world No 8 Paul Coll be­came the first male Kiwi since the 1990s to reach the semi­fi­nals of a ma­jor PSA Tour event af­ter he claimed a huge 3-2 win over world No 3 Tarek Momen at the US Open Squash Cham­pi­onships. Coll now meets world No 1 Mo­hamed El Shorbagy to­day. They have played twice pre­vi­ously, the Egyp­tian win­ning both times, in­clud­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Bri­tish Open ear­lier this year. Coll and Momen played a 96-minute epic in Philadel­phia with Coll twice re­cov­er­ing from a game down to force a de­cider. Coll and Momen both squan­dered match balls un­til a no let was given against Momen on the sec­ond of Coll’s match balls to win 6-11 11-8 5-11 11-7 13-11.

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