New Zealand’s world number two Paul Coll booked his place in the decisive PSA World Tour Finals for the first time when he defeated longtime rival Mohamed Elshorbagy in direct matches in Cairo.
Coll led Egyptian Elshorbagy – now representing England – 11-6, 11-5 to prepare for a meeting with the fourth seed and defending champion Mostaf Asal, who upset the world unit Ali Farag in the second semifinal.
Coll will retaliate on Sunday (NZT Monday) after he was beaten earlier this month by 21-year-old Asal in the El Gouna International final.
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Asal is aiming for successive titles at the PSA World Tour Finals after beating his compatriot Faraga 11-4, 11-6 in 37 minutes – only his second victory over the best player.
In Colle, however, he meets an impressive opponent who looked his best against Elshorbagy after a slight decline in form, thanks to which he recently gave up his world ranking number 1.
Coll performed an almost flawless performance against the Englishman in the Mall of Arabia, limiting Elshorbagy’s opportunities and forcing him to make too many mistakes to win in just 31 minutes.
Kiwi was pleased with the offensive aspect of his game and was excited about the prospect of competing for $ 200,000 (NZ $ 316,000) in the final.
“My coach told me to go out tonight, attack, and he didn’t care if I made more mistakes than usual, he just wanted me to try to move him to use the front of the court a little more,” Coll . he said after his dominant victory.
“I had a good balance tonight, I checked the ‘T’ and I had some good forward attacks.
“It’s already my biggest payoff when it comes to ground floor, so I’m looking forward to it. It is clear that if I win tomorrow, it will be a nice celebration next week in New Zealand [at the New Zealand Squash Championships in Tauranga].
“I’ll spend them upgrading my flight back to New Zealand, I’ll spend them on a few beers, take my parents to a great dinner, and enjoy next week!”
Coll had no illusions about the size of the task that awaited him in the final, and he can expect a passionate domestic audience to loudly support the young Egyptian sensation.
“He [Asal] he played damn well tonight. I thought he really controlled the game, found the back corners well and didn’t give Ali much of the call, “said Coll.
“As soon as he had the opportunity, he put it off, so I thought it was quite a flawless performance. I will have to be in my class tomorrow! “
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