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Fine Margins

I think what I have learned most during October is that squash matches, especially at the top level, are won and lost by fine margins. In the build up to my next competition, the Hong Kong Open, I have been determined to do everything possible I could to make sure that when I am in certain situations, and the heat is on, I produce. In Qatar I lost in a very tight four set encounter with Simon Rosner in a match which I could have won but was just unable to maintain my level at the key moment and that was hard to swallow. In particular it hinged on the fourth set tie break which got away from me 12-10. I had a great opportunity to...

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Superman Vows to Come Out Swinging!

I'm really looking forward to the US Open in Philadelphia this week.I crossed the Atlantic with a good solid three weeks of training behind me that came on top of my run to the final of the China Open and I believe my game is in good order for the challenge that lies ahead.One of my main targets at the beginning of the season was to get back inside the top eight as soon as possible and the benefits of achieving that off the back of my run at the China Open have been immediate.I was due to play Ali Farag, the number two seed, world number two and defending champion in the 2nd round but Marwan ElShorbagy's withdrawal has...

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New Season, New Blog

THE new squash season is almost upon us and so I thought this would be the right time to start my new monthly column which is exclusive to paulcoll.com. The idea is to share with you some of the work that goes on behind the scenes, provide a bit of insight into what it's like playing on the PSA World Tour and hopefully along the way we might even enjoy a laugh or two. The first tournament of the new campaign is the J.P.Morgan China Squash Open which will be held this week on the spectacular glass court situated on top of the Peninsula Shanghai Hotel and I can't wait to get out there. I'm 26 now, my highest ranking...

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