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British Open: Paul Coll topples Leo Au to make main draw

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Paul Coll in acttion at the Canary Wharf Classic
Paul Coll in action at the Canary Wharf Classic

Kiwi Machine meets Aussie Ryan Cuskelly in first round


New Zealand’s Paul Coll, the man who became a viral sensation for his acrobatic exploits during the Canary Wharf Classic just 12 days ago, scored a dramatic upset win over number two seeded Leo Au of Hong Kong to progress to the main draw of the 2016 Allam British Open as two days of intense qualification action came to a close today.

The World No.41 narrowly lost out in the opening game, 10-12, but responded in style to edge ahead 2-1 before Au raised his levels to force a decider. It was all one way traffic in the fifth however as Coll, ranked 15 places lower than Au, dominated to lose just one point on his way to setting up a first round clash with Australian Ryan Cuskelly.

German Raphael Kandra was the only other upset winner in the men’s draw, as he defeated Wimbledon Open runner-up Omar Abdel Meguid 3-1 to set up a first round fixture with Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

In the women’s draw, England’s Sarah Campion marked her return to competitive PSA World Tour action for the first time since giving birth to her first child with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Cyrielle Peltier.

Campion will take on Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the main draw while Nele Gilis, Mayar Hany and Mariam Metwally all upset the seedlings to defeat Deon Saffery, Nadine Shahin and Samantha Teran, respectively, to move into the main draw of the prestigious PSA World Series tournament which takes place at the Airco Arena from March 21 – 27 – with the University of Hull also playing host to select matches on March 21 and 22.

Allam British Open 2016, Hull.

Men’s Qualification Finals:
[1] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) bt [L] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 15-13, 11-8, 11-4 (44m)
[8] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [13] Lucas Serme (FRA) 3-0: 16-14, 11-7, 12-10 (61m)
[5] Zahed Mohamed (EGY) bt [9] Greg Lobban (SCO) 3-1: 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 (57m)
[3] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (36m)
[4] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt [12] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-2: 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 15-17, 11-6 (62m)
[6] Adrian Waller (ENG) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (31m)
[15] Raphael Kandra (GER) bt [7] Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY) 3-1: 11-2, 11-8, 3-11, 11-9 (48m)
[11] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 11-8, 7-11, 11-1 (75m)

Results – Qualification Finals: Women’s 2016 Allam British Open
[1] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-9, 11-8
[6] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt [14] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (59m)
[9] Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt [5] Samantha Teran (MEX) 3-1: 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (48m)
[3] Coline Aumard (FRA) bt [10] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
[4] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [11] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 15-13 (41m)
[15] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [8] Nadine Shahin (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 12-10 (37m)
[12] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [7] Deon Saffery (WAL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (26m)
[2] Sarah Campion (ENG) bt [13] Cyrielle Peltier (FRA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (23m)

Draw – First Round: Men’s 2016 Allam British Open
[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) v [Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
James Willstrop (ENG) v Tarek Momen (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Q] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[Q] Raphael Kandra (GER) v [6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v Fares Dessouki (EGY)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [4] Omar Mosaad (EGY)
[3] Nick Matthew (ENG) v [Q] Adrian Waller (ENG)
Ali Farag (EGY) v [WC] Tom Richards (ENG)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q] Paul Coll (NZL)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [5] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
[7] Simon Rösner (GER) v Max Lee (HKG)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [Q] Zahed Mohamed
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Q] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Draw – First Round: Women’s 2016 Allam British Open
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v [Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA)
Line Hansen (DEN) v [15] Delia Arnold (MAS)
[16] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v Victoria Lust (ENG)
[WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v [5] Camille Serme (FRA)
[8] Nouran Gohar (EGY) v Heba El Torky (EGY)
[Q] Sarah Campion (ENG) v [9] Annie Au (HKG)
[11] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v [Q] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[Q] Nele Gillis (BEL) v [3] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
[4] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
[Q] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) v [16] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
[12] Alison Waters (ENG) v Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [7] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v [Q] Tesni Evan (WAL)
Joey Chan (HKG) v [13] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[Q] Mayar Hany (EGY) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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