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by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Borja Golan: 'I was actually worried about competing in today’s match because Omar can be a very tough opponent.'
KUALA LUMPUR: Even an ankle injury could not stop Spanish world No. 9 Borja Golan from taking down the towering Omar Mosaad in the first round men’s singles in the CIMB Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
The third-seeded 1.93m-tall Golan, fresh from competing in the European Invidual Closed Championships (EICC) where he made the top eight, was just too strong for world No. 11 Mosaad of Egypt.
After a closely contested first set, the 30-year-old Golan stepped up a notch to prevail 12-10, 11-2, 11-4.
“I came straight from the European Championships, where I picked up a minor ankle injury,” explained Golan.
“I was actually worried about competing in today’s match because Omar can be a very tough opponent.
“Luckily, everything fell in my favour.”
Golan, who was a semi-finalist here last year, however, played down his chances of winning.
“Everybody wants to win ... it won’t be a walk in the park for me,” he said.
“I’m going to take it one match at the time.
“Still, I want to do well ... I’ll be travelling to Mexico after this. Hopefully, I do not meet Omar there again.”
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