Squash: Kiwi Paul Coll triumphs at Open de France

  • 15/09/2019
Kiwi Paul Coll celebrates his win at Open de France.
Kiwi Paul Coll celebrates his win at Open de France. Photo credit: PSA World Tour

New Zealand squash star Paul Coll has started his new season in the best possible way with victory at the French Open in Nantes. 

The world number six defeated Welshman, Joel Makin 12-10, 11-3, 11-9 in 72 minutes to collect his 14th career title. 

"I was very happy with my performance, it was probably my best squash all week which is what you want to do," said Coll. 

"It was almost like a new event this evening because I only got four or five hours sleep, so mentally I had to be on it today.

"Joel played really well today but I am happy with my performance and you cannot get better than starting the season with a victory at the first chance."

Cool took the first game in a 26 minute slugfest. He took it on a tie-break to take the momentum into the rest of the match.

The second saw Coll dominate his Welsh counterpart, restricting him to just three points, as he doubled his lead in the match. He then went out into a big lead in the fourth, holding a 9-4 advantage.

However, the Welsh No.1 was able to fight back, winning five straight points to tie level in the game at 9-9. It would be Coll that went on to win the game, and the match, though, to lift his second title of the calendar year.