Thursday, July 25, 2024

Paul Coll and Joelle King land more New Zealand national title success

New Zealand’s top two men and women players enjoyed more national success at the weekend.

Joelle King, 34, equalled the great Susan Devoy’s record with a 10th New Zealand national championships title in Tauranga.

King beat Megan Graham 11-5 11-5, 11-4 as she won the title without losing a game in the competition.

Paul Coll claimed a seventh national men’s title as he racked up his 20th match without conceding a game over a five-year spell.

Coll beat second seed Lwamba Chileshe 11-2, 11-3, 11-3 and never lost more than nine points in a game over his five matches.

Meanwhile, Dutchman Rowan Damming continued his fine PSA form in winning the men’s PSA Challenger Bendigo International in Australia – his third title in a row.

Damning beat local hope Dylan Molinaro in the final and the Dutchman will now head to the World Junior Championships in fine fettle.

Damming became the first-ever Dutch player to win a world junior title last year as he downed pre-match favourite Finnlay Withington 3-0 to lift the title.

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