New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll survived a tough test with Egyptian shot maker Mazen Hesham to move through to the quarter finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships for the second successive year.
The one and only time these two players have met on the PSA Tour came in a five-game thriller at the British Open earlier this year with Hesham twice fighting back to push the match right to the death with Coll eventually taking the win in 74 minutes.
However on this occasion it was the Egyptian who started the brighter of the two as he took the first game. Coll soon settled into his game plan though to take the second game for the loss of two points before a tight third and fourth also went in the favour of the Kiwi player.
“He makes you feel pretty average on there,” said Coll afterwards.
“It’s very hard to settle into any kind of rhythm. I was feeling really good coming into this match in my short game, but he puts you on edge with his skill and racket speed. I’m happy to get through that in four and looking forward to training tomorrow and playing on Thursday.
“The hardest part about playing him is that you know he can hit winners from anywhere. In the first game I was just really all over the shop, my movement, I just had to try and take the ball as early as I could and not let him have time on the ball because otherwise he is deadly. I’m happy to get my game plan sorted after the first and then survive the third.”
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-2, 12-10, 11-8 (64m)