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Australian Open 2015

Australian Open 2015
Melbourne, Australia
Men's Event

Unseeded New Zealander Paul Coll (right) caused a massive upset by beating top seeded Australian Cameron Pilley, the World No.21, in the final of the 2015 Australian Squash Open in Melbourne.

Coll, a regular truing partner of Pilley’s, was a surprise finalist having secured his place in the title-decider with upsets over the seventh, fourth and fifth seeds, and he continued his superb run of form to stun the home crowd and see off hot favourite Pilley in four games – become the first New Zealander ever to claim the Australian Open crown.

“I never even imagined being here,” Coll said.

“There was massive butterflies before I even started, as soon as I walked in here I saw the crowd, I knew it was something special.

“But I had nothing to lose, my coach just told me to relax, I’d already done well, so I played with a bit of freedom tonight.”

Pilley, who lost his only other  final in five games, recently invited Coll to train with him in The Netherlands.

Coll said he hopes the training relationship will continue.

“He’s a great guy, and we have some great training sessions together,” Coll said.

“We get on well, I hope he keeps on with me, he’s a really experienced player and I can still learn a hell of a lot from him.”

Result – Final:
Paul Coll (NZL) bt [1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5

Women’s Event

New Zealand’s Joelle King upset top seeded Annie Au of Hong Kong to win the 2015 Australian Open – her first tournament triumph since undergoing surgery on her Achilles tendon last year.

The former World No.4 looked back to her best as she romped to the title courtesy of a commanding straight games win to lift the trophy in emotional scenes.

“As soon as I finished the match I got quite emotional,” King said. “You just remember all the work you’ve done leading up to that moment. It’s been a long ride.

“Anything is possible, especially when I think back to where I was eight or nine months ago, and where I am now.

“I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement, I’m still not exactly where I want to be – so look out top ten!”

Result – Final:

[2] Joelle King (NZL) bt [1] Annie Au (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-9