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Squash or football? Egyptian’s wild celebration after beating Kiwi Paul Coll stuns commentators


Paul Coll has missed out on the semifinals of the Egyptian Open after a lively affair where the sportsmanship of his opponent was called into question for over-the-top celebrations.

Coll, the world No 5, lost the marathon match to 18th-ranked Mostafa Asal 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 3-11, 10-12 on the glass court in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Mostafa Asal celebrates his win over Paul Coll.


Mostafa Asal celebrates his win over Paul Coll.

The talented 19-year-old from Cairo continually blocked, questioned calls, showed excessive emotion and was even warned for unsportsmanlike conduct during the back-and-forth contest.

The Kiwi looked on track to advance when he gained the third game for a 2-1 lead, only for Asal to comfortably hit back before the fifth game went to a tiebreak.

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As Asal took the final point he broke into a wild celebration, removing his shirt and sweat band and throwing it into the crowd.

“I don’t know if we’re in the European Championship here or a squash match,” a bemused commentator said, likening the reaction to a footballer scoring a goal.

Paul Coll squandered a 2-1 lead to miss out on the semifinals at the Egyptian Open.

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Paul Coll squandered a 2-1 lead to miss out on the semifinals at the Egyptian Open.

It almost ended in embarrassment for Asal as the officials reviewed a possible obstruction on Coll.

But the point ultimately stood, allowing him to continue his exuberant celebration.

Earlier in the week, Joelle King also went down in a feisty third-round match against Salma Hany.

The contest had plenty of body contact and was scrappy to watch, with the referee required to make 33 let or stroke decisions.

The pair even had some stern words for each other in the latter stages. But Hany kept her focus to bounce back from dropping the opening two games to win 6-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7.

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