National champion Saurav Ghosal was the lone survivor among the three Indians at the end of the first round of the men's draw of the World Squash championship in Manchester on Sunday. Both Mahesh Mangaonkar and Harinder Pal Sandhu, who had come in via the qualifying phase, exited.
Ghosal had luck on his side as his first round opponent, ninth seeded James Willstrop of England retired due to illness with the score reading 6-11 in the Indian's favour. The match had lasted just 10 minutes before the abrupt end came. Ghosal will now meet England's Ben Coleman who had beaten Sandhu 11-4, 11-6, 11-4, in round two.
Earlier, Mangaonkar was beaten by the 13th seed Daryl Selby, also of England. Selby won 11-8, 11-5, 11-5.
Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik are the two Indian representatives in the women's section and they play their first round matches late on Monday.