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British Open champion Paul Cole reached the quarterfinals of the Egyptian Open squash

Newly crowned British Open champion Paul Cole had to fight for five seats to reach the quarterfinals of the Egyptian Open PSA World Tour Platinum event.

Of World No. 3 from New Zealand. Egypt beat world number 16 Mohamed Abul Ghar 11-99-11 11-7 5-11 11-5 nights (NZ Time)

Cole won a hard-fought first game, but former top-10 ranked Abu al-Ghar fell behind in the second. Last month, the winner of the British Open won the third set in a relatively straight line, but failed in the fourth, forcing Abul Ghar to be revived by the home crowd.

New Zealand's Paul Cole celebrates a hard-fought victory at the Egyptian Open.

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New Zealand’s Paul Cole celebrates a hard-fought victory at the Egyptian Open.

The 29-year-old New Zealand, however, was in command during the decisive set to claim victory in the 87th minute.

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“He’s probably the toughest Round Three opponent,” Cole said after the match.

“I knew before I started that this fight was going to happen and it’s still alive today. I’m very happy to have passed. I’m happy and have plenty of time there, so I’ve used a little more where the ball bounces and things like that.

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British Open champion Paul Cole had to dig deep to make it to the quarterfinals of the Egyptian Open.

“It was 34 degrees in court today, as you can see we were both just dripping and I slipped into the back corner. It’s very difficult and you have to deal with that. The wind and the heat are something from an indoor court. It’s different and I’m happy with how I adapted today.

Cole faces another Egyptian, No. 5 ranked Marwan Shorbagi, on Thursday morning (NZ Time), who has a 3-2 win / loss record over Cole in the Black Ball Open earlier this year. Five games include a quarter-final victory.

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