Coll through to Cairo semis

New Zealander Paul Coll has ousted German fourth seed Simon Rosner from the Black Ball Squash Open in Cairo, setting up a semi-final against Egyptian Ali Farag.

Paul Coll celebrates victory over Simon Rosner in Cairo.

Paul Coll celebrates victory over Simon Rosner in Cairo.
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Coll, ranked seventh in the world, trailed 0-6 in the first set which Rosner went on to take 11-5, but the 26-year-old Greymouth player then wrapped up the win efficiently with a quickfire 11-3 11-7 11-3 finish.

“I’m just really happy that I could mentally fight through that,” he said afterwards.

“I didn’t feel comfortable out there and my length was patchy in the first. He’s had a great season and a long season, so I’m just happy that I could come off today as the winner.”

Coll’s reward for dispatching world No.3 Rosner in the last PSA Platinum event of the year is a semi-final against second-ranked Farag, who accounted for unseeded Indian Saurav Ghosal 11-6 11-9 11-3 in the second quarter-final.

World No.9 Karim Abdel Gawad upset top-ranked fellow Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy 11-4 11-8 12-10 on the other side of the draw, and will tackle compatriot Tarek Momen in the second semi-final.