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Coll Claims NZ Classic Quarter-Final Berth


Title favourite Paul Coll swept through to the quarter-final stage of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic, PSA M15 tournament after dispatching Malaysian qualifier Mohd Syafiq Kamal in straight games on day one of the main draw action.

World No.37 Coll, the only New Zealander to advance past the opening round, dominated proceedings in Palmerston North and romped to an 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 victory to book his place in the last eight.

“I got off to a slow start, but settled into my work well and was pleased to get off the court in three games,” said Coll.

“I have had a heavy schedule of late and after this New Zealand series of tournaments I will definitely be taking a break.”

Up next for Coll is a fixture with number eight seed James Huang after he dispatched home hope Kashif Shuja in a brutal five-game encounter. Despite losing in the qualifying stages, Shuja received lucky loser status after a main draw withdrawal and nearly made the most of his good fortune, with the 36-year-old went 2-1 up. Huang took the fourth on the tie-break though and managed to outlast his opponent in the fifth to progress.

Rex Hedrick was also in action as he locked horns with New Zealand’s Evan Williams, who had won his last two PSA World Tour events. World No.99 Williams failed to maintain his strong form though, and a number of unforced errors contributed to a 3-0 defeat in Hedrick’s favour, with the Australian set to face qualifier Eain Yow Ng after he dispatched seventh seed Joshua Larkin.

Elsewhere, Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen downed England’s Ashley Davies in straight games, and his reward is a quarter-final clash with Peter Creed courtesy of the Welshman’s comfortable win over wildcard Luke Jones.

Angus Gillams and Joshua Masters are the other participants in the last eight, and will face off in an all-English affair after they achieved respective victories against Lance Beddoes and Matias Tuomi.

Results – First Round: Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic 2016
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-3
[8] James Huang (TPE) bt [LL] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 14-12, 11-7
[5] Peter Creed (WAL) bt [WC] Luke Jones (NZL) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[3] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt [Q] Ashley Davies (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG) bt Lance Beddoes (NZL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
[6] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [Q] Matias Tuomi (FIN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-1, 11-8
[Q] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [7] Joshua Larkin (AUS) 3-2: 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10
[2] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Evan Williams (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-5, 11-1

Watch live streaming of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic
Quarter-Final: Order of play (all times are local GMT+12)
17:00 [1] Paul Coll (NZL) v [8] James Huang (TPE)
18:00 [5] Peter Creed (WAL) v [3] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
19:00 [4] Angus Gillams (ENG) v [6] Joshua Masters (ENG)
20:00 [Q] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [2] Rex Hedrick (AUS)

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