New Delhi: The Indian challenge at the 2010 Australian Open Squash championship ended on Tuesday after Saurav Ghosal was upset by local favourite David Palmer 1-3 in the first round clash at Canberra.
Tenth seed Palmer overcame a slow start to beat birthday boy Ghosal in four games in the USD 142,500 fourth PSA Super Series event of the year.
Ghosal, the unseeded world number 26, celebrating his 24th birthday, came out of the blocks firing to open a 9-2 lead in the first game and although Palmer recovered he couldn’t save the first game.
The Indian number one won it 12-10.
But Palmer, the 34-year-old world number 10 leading home hopes in the biggest squash tournament in the country for almost 20 years, soon hit his stride as he came back to win the next three games and the match 10-12 11-6 11-5 11-9 in 59 minutes.
The win takes former world number one Palmer into a second round clash with arch-rival James Willstrop of England.
“I felt okay physically throughout the match but I struggled to get any rhythm,” Palmer said.
“A slow start wasn’t ideal and he got away and got on a bit of a roll and he was tough to pull back. Eventually my game started to take a little bit of effect on him midway through the second, but it still wasn’t easy.
“I thought at stages Ghosal was tired and would drop off a bit but he kept pushing and surprised me a little bit,” added Palmer.
India’s hope now rest with Chennai-girl Dipika Pallikal in the women’s event.