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Kiwi King wins, Coll loses Commonwealth Games squash final

Joelle King Jono Searle/Getty Images

Kiwi squash star Joelle King has earned 2018 Commonwealth Games gold, but Paul Coll has been forced to settle for silver.

The world No.4 King defeated Englishwoman Sarah-Jane Perry 16-14 11-8 6-11 11-13 11-8 in the women's singles, dominating the clutch moments.

She took a 5-0 deciding-game lead and, with the energetic Perry breathing down her neck, won three straight points to win the game 11-8.

But Coll couldn't repeat King's heroics, outclassed 11-9 11-4 11-6 in the men's singles final by veteran Englishman James Willstrop.

The Greymouth-born Coll was never in the hunt, appearing spent after his five-game heroics in Sunday's semi-final win over Wales' Joel Makin.

As a result, King earns her first Games singles gold medal after winning bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Games and a gold in the 2010 women's doubles.

But Coll will have to wait until Birmingham 2022 for another singles crack.

"It's been quite a week," the 29-year-old King said, fighting back tears.

"I'm just really over the moon, it was such a tough battle.

"She never went away - we played all through juniors and she's a hell of a player, (but) I think we put on some good squash tonight."

King pushed Perry around the court intelligently from beginning to end and outwitted the world No.8 in the early stages.

She raced out to a two-game lead before losing her touch in the third to go down 11-6, followed by a protracted fourth-game arm-wrestle.

The 27-year-old Perry took all the momentum into the fifth game with her indefatigable style, but King kept the calmer head.

She earned her lead, kept focused and took out the win.

Coll, meanwhile, gave up the ghost after a closely-fought first game, repeatedly making unforced errors in the second and third games.

He was distraught after his loss, admitting he'd lost his composure.

"I was never going to win playing the quality of squash I was - I just tried harder and harder and just got worse and worse, so it was just one of those days, and not my day," the 25-year-old Coll told reporters.

"I had a bit more to give today, it wasn't my best match."