Borja Golan (ESP) bt [WC] Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 12-10, 11-2 (44m)
Despite a valiant effort, highlighted by his exploits in a tight second game when he will rue the opportunities that were presented to him, England’s Ben Coleman’s was unable to halt the charge of Spaniard Borja Golan in the first round of the 2016 Canary Wharf Classic.
Despite leading for the majority of the second game Coleman couldn’t see out the second. losing 12-10, sandwiched either side of lopsided first and third games that saw the Spaniard, who came to London fresh from the form of his life during the recent Windy City Open, underline his credentials as one of the top challengers for silverware this week.
Borja Golan: “Ben is improving a lot and he was playing at home in front of a home crowd which give you extra motivation.
“The first match of a tournament if always difficult for every player but overall I thought it was a good match. He made second game especially very difficult.
“I think I dealt with it well mentally and had a good lead early in the third so I’m really happy to win 3-0 in the first round.
“Every year here it is difficult – I have been coming here for many years and I have never reached the semi-finals. Hopefully I can make that happen this year and keep playing well throughout the week.
“I have a day off now so I’ll look forward to coming back for the quarters on Wednesday.”
Ben Coleman: “I would have liked to force my way a bit more in front of him. Even when my length was good and I was pushing in front him, it was not enough, and it was just too easy for him.
“That’s my game, I have to try and improve it, and putting more pressure on my opponent more consistently.”