New Zealand world No.13 Paul Coll has fought out an incredible battle in the final of the PSA US$70,000 Motor City Open in Detroit.
Coll was beaten by Egyptian top seed and world No.4 Marwan El Shorbagy 9-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11 in a marathon 95 minutes in the final which should give the 25-year-old a ranking boost of a couple of places when the new rankings are listed at the beginning of March.
Meanwhile fellow Kiwis and third-seed Joelle King is into the final of the women's US$50,000 Cleveland Classic after beating fifth seed Amanda Sobhy (United States) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3 in 24 minutes.
King will face Egypt's Raneem El Welily the top seed and current world No.2 for the title. They played three times late last year with the Egyptian wining two of the contests in close battles.
The New Zealand squash team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be named on Wednesday