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Qatar Classic: Farag beats Coll to retains title

DOHA (Qatar): Egyptian World No.1 Ali Farag has retained his Qatar Classic title after beating World No.5 Paul Coll earlier today in the final of the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament held in Doha, Qatar.

Farag, 28, has now lifted his 21st PSA title following an 11-8, 6-11, 11-9, 11-9 victory over the Kiwi in 61 minutes, extending his winning run over Coll to 13 matches.

Farag’s retrieval skills and graceful movement around court was breathtaking as he picked up the majority of what Coll threw at him and counterattacked superbly. Coll did manage to equalise after dropping the first game, but Farag recovered from a 4-0 deficit to take the third. Coll then battled back from 9-5 down to draw level in the final game, however Farag moved up a gear to seal the victory in four.

He has now become only the fourth man in Qatar Classic history to win the title twice, following in the footsteps of current World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and the now retired Karim Darwish and Peter Nicol. It’s his second PSA World Tour title after the tour’s restart following the six-month suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Coll, it marks a second year of frustration in Qatar following his defeat to World No.3 Tarek Momen in the PSA Men’s World Championship final here 12 months ago. It was his second Platinum final appearance, with his first at the Windy City Open back in March, 2020 also ending in a defeat to Farag.

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