KUALA LUMPUR – An injury to Darryl Gan proved to be the real dampener on the opening day of the Ohana National Squash Championships.
The World Junior Championships-bound Darryl had looked good for a win against a younger Ishant Shah of Penang in the first round of the men’s Premier Division at the National Squash Centre on Wednesday.
This was despite Darryl dropping the second game against Penangite Ishant.
The Selangor boy who led 2-1 at that point, however struggled to finish the game as Ishant saved three match balls in the fourth game before eventually tying it 15-15.
That was when he was struck by an unfortunate injury, going down holding his left foot in agony.
Darryl did attempted to finish the game but he wasn’t in the best and with world juniors in less than two weeks away, he decided to retire from the game despite leading 11-5, 9- 11, 11-7, 15-15.
National coach Kenny Foo conceded that Darryl had to give up the game with the world juniors being the bigger priority.
“We still don’t know how serious the injury is. But right now its just a precaution especially with the world juniors coming up,” said Kenny.
Ishant meanwhile goes on to meet joint fifth-eighth seed Ong Sai Hung in the second round.
In the day’s other matches, Sanjay Jeeva and Aqif Ampandi both pulled off an upset to reach the second round.
Joint 17th-21st seed Sanjay took his chances well against joint ninth-16th seed Ng Jo Wen to win 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, 11-8.
Aqif, also seeded joint 17th-21st, downed Wee Ming Hock 11-8, 11-8, 11-9.
Top seed Ng Eain Yow and defending champion Ivan Yuen will only start their campaign in the second round.
Eain Yow takes on Aqif while Ivan is set to meet youngster Hafiz Zhafri.
In the women’s Premier division, all the first round matches will start on Thursday.