Apart from Borja Golan (pic) from Spain and Mathieu Castagnet from France, there have been no unseeded players able to produce an upset at the 1st round of the Men’s World Open in Saudi Arabia. Qualifier Golan, a former world No10 who is on his way back after almost one year of injury break, downed 25th seed Indian Saurav Ghosal 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 in 53 minutes. French qualifier Mathieu Castagnet took out one of the top-20, when he overcame 17th seed Australian Cameron Pilley in 4 games 11-3, 8-11, 11-9, 11-5 after 65 minutes of play. The 2nd round starts tomorrow and will be played as split rounds again.
32 matches done – Golan and Castagnet with upsets!