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Elias Takes Qatar QTerminals Classic Crown: Player Reaction

We've reached the final of the 2021 Qatar QTerminals Classic with two players, in Diego Elias and Paul Coll, aiming to win the title at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

The pair, who are good friends, are meeting in a major final for the first time. For Elias, it is his first appearance in a final of this magnitude, while for Coll, he is aiming to make it third time lucky, after losses in 2019 and 2020 at this venue.

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Elias Claims Qatar QTerminals Classic Crown

Peru's Diego Elias is the 2021 Qatar QTerminals Classic champion after defeating New Zealand's Paul Coll in the final at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha.

The 'Peruvian Puma' took his maiden major title, beating good friend Paul Coll in an encapsulating final which went to and fro, with both players having their opportunities to take the victory.

“I can’t believe it still. i am very happy with this, very happy with my game! I want to thank everyone for coming today, and thanks to all the Peruvian people who came, that is a massive help for me!” Elias said.

“Just very happy to be a Platinum champion for the first time. I have been trying for a long time now, so I am very happy and I want to thank all the organiser. This tournament is always the best, they treat us so well, it is incredible to be the champion here.

“Paul is my closest friend on Tour and it is the first time in forever that there are no Egyptians in a final, so we were very happy for that! He is such a great champion, he is an inspiration for anyone that plays squash, or any sport really. I am a massive fan too and I train with him too!

“I am very happy and I want to thank everyone who supported me since I started. My dad has been with me since the start. He has been my coach, and after that I started training with Jonathon [Power] for a long time. He has been a massive help as well so I have a great team with me! My physio that I have seen, they helped me be back here. In July I didn’t even know if I could play matches in a row, and now in October, to be a champion is just incredible. I am just very happy with this!

Coll said: “It is hard to see those [positives] now, but I am happy to be back here in Doha, competing in another final on such a great stage. It’s a really well-run tournament, a massive thank you to the sponsors, to QTerminals for being the main sponsor here, and to the Qatar Squash Federation for putting on such a great event and making the players feel special. They look after us the best on Tour, so it is a pleasure to be here.

“All of my sponsors, they really make my life easy. I feel like they are a part of my team and not just a sponsor. To everyone who helps me out, especially my coaches, Bart [Wijnhoven] my mental coach, and Rob Owen, my squash coach. i thought we had a good plan this week, unfortunately I just didn’t quite convert it. I had game balls tonight in every set but I just couldn't close it out. A massive thanks to my team, I could do this without them.

“Thank you everyone for turning out again, not just tonight but all week, we appreciate so thank you very much!”

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