Derek Ryan met what might be termed the "real" Jansher Khan in Cardiff yesterday when he lost a 58-minute first-round match in the Leekes British Open 15-7, 15-6, 15-9 to the Pakistani defending champion.
Two weeks ago the Irishman surprisingly beat Jansher in the Super League when the champion had rushed back from winning the Austrian Open to play for Surbiton in the last match of the league season.
"That match was all last minute when I missed my connection back to Pakistan," Jansher said yesterday. "For the British Open I have been working hard and I am fitter than last year, when I was a bit heavy."
The win earned Jansher a second-round match against Joseph Kneipp, a 23-year-old qualifier from Queensland, tomorrow.Reuse content