ODENSE (Denmark): Liew Daren’s Denmark Open campaign suffered a premature ending after he was forced to retire from his first round match against India’s P. Kashyap with a swollen left foot on Wednesday.
World No. 16 Daren lasted only eight minutes when he conceded a walkover while trailing 4-11.
Daren’s French Open title defence next week is now at risk.
“I really don’t know what happened to my foot. I woke up this morning and it was badly swollen,” said Daren.
“I was fine during the practice sessions the past two days and I certainly did not twist my ankle.
“There is no infection as well and I don’t think there’s any allergy involved.
“It’s definitely disappointing to exit this way ... I don’t even know if I can compete in next week’s French Open.”
Kashyap who will go on to face either home favourite Jan O Jorgensen or Japan’s Takuma Ueda, admitted that it would have been nicer to get more time on court.