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Coppinger downs world No11 in Hong Kong

Our 2009 World Games team-member Steve Coppinger took full advantage of a withdrawal to move through to the second round of the Cathay Pacific Sun Kai Financial Hong Kong Open on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Coppinger, who was part of Team SA at the last World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, was given a last-minute place in the main draw after the withdrawal of Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema.

And the Cape Town based Coppinger wasted no time in making the most of his opportunity.

Ranked 24th on the world rankings, he beat Egyptian World No11 Omar Mosaad in a game that lasted 69 minutes.

He came back from a game down to finally win 8-11 14-12, 11-8 11-9.

His reward for beating Mosaad means the he will now come up against world No2 Nick Matthew who last reached the final of this event back in 2004.

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