HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Peru’s Diego Elias who won his first major title after defeating New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the Qatar Classic. The Peruvian outclassed World#3 in over 83 minutes to pull of the stunning victory 13-11, 5-11, 13-11, 11-9
This was the first time that “the Puma” had reached the final of a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Platinum tournament. It was the fifth time in five matches that Elias had been taken to at least 4 games in the tournament versus. Coll who won 3 of his four matches 3-0. Elias was presented with a cheque for $26,000 US for the win!!
This was the first PSA Platinum men’s tournament since 2017 there were no Egyptians in the final.
“Paul is my closest friend on Tour… he is such a great champion, he is an inspiration for anyone that plays squash, or any sport really,” the 24-year-old Elias said afterwards. “I am a massive fan, and I train with him too.”
Elias joins Colombia’s Miguel Rodriquez and Canada’s Jonathan Power as the only Pan American’s to win a major platinum series squash championship. Interestingly, Diego’s coach Jonathan Power won the Men’s World Championship in Qatar back in 1998!!!!