New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll booked his place in the quarter finals of the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill after he eased past England’s World No.20 Daryl Selby at the PSA World Tour Gold tournament.
Coll, who lifted the title back in 2016, showed no signs of a hangover from the PSA Men’s World Championship last week in Qatar, where he reached the final for the first time in his career, as he swept aside former World No.9 Selby in a confident performance at the St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club.
The Kiwi put work into the legs of 37-year-old Selby early on as he lengthened the rallies in the opening game to claim a comfortable lead.
The Englishman began to make the match more competitive in the second and third, but Coll handled everything he threw at him and coupled by a few Selby errors took the win by an 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 margin.
“It was a perfect match for me really, I had a little bit of a niggle in Qatar, but I didn’t feel it at all today,” said Coll afterwards.
“It gave me good confidence, I’m very happy to be through in three and pleased with how I have started my tournament here.
“I took a couple of days off after Qatar and went to Birmingham to see my coach, Rob Owen, we just had a light week and did some really good hitting just to get me sharp, but nothing too physical. I’ve had a lot of physio and rehab so I’m feeling really good.
“Rob is a wicked coach on how to hit a ball and we’re just working on getting me into good positions that give me more than one option. We’re not complicating anything, we made a good few technical adjustments, which are feeling really natural to me now which is great, but he’s just such a wizard on hitting the ball and he’s teaching me a few new things. The knowledge that he’s got is amazing and it’s making a difference.
“I love this court and I’ve got some good memories here, I always enjoy this tournament. When you’ve got good memories somewhere it’s always good to come back and play, so I’m looking forward to this week.”
 Paul Coll (NZL) bt Daryl Selby (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (43m)