New Zealand’s Paul Coll and Egypt’s Tarek Momen will contest the final of the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill after they claimed big wins over English duo Daryl Selby and James Willstrop in the semi-finals of the PSA M100 tournament in Weybridge.
The duo’s only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour came during last month’s Qatar Classic, where a spectacular five-game-thriller, which lasted an incredible 101 minutes, saw Momen take it 17-15 in an entertaining decider.
World No.33 Coll – who started the tournament in qualification – earned his place in the final after following up shock wins over Hong Kong’s WR#18 Max Lee (9-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4 in 75mins) and Colombia’s WR#13 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (9-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 in 102mins) with a stunning win over WR#16 Selby, taking the victory 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 in 59mins to reach a maiden PSA M100 final.
“I’m so happy, it’s been a wicked tournament for me and it’s given me a real confidence boost” said Coll.
“I just relaxed out there and let everything go and it paid off for me. I knew I played really well in the first two and I played quite fast, so I knew that there was going to be a drop off in pace. He really stepped up and made me pay for it, and I knew in the fourth that I really had to tell myself to step up on the ’T’.
“Physically, I was feeling fine, but it’s been a long week for me, so I had to really make myself step up on the ‘T’ and push the pace. I didn’t expect to get this far, I’m going to have to change my flights back to New Zealand for Christmas.”
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