Edinburgh’s Doug Kempsell admitted “it wasn’t good enough” after crashing out of the Victoria Squash Open in Melbourne.
In his first competitive outing since May, the 22-year-old faced the experienced Australian Zac Alexander, world-ranked 27 places higher and, although the momentum looked to have swung Kempsell’s way when he edged an epic third game, he eventually went down 8-11, 4-11, 17-15, 6-11.
“I made far too many immature unforced errors, and that really cost me,” he conceded. “It just wasn’t good enough at this level.”
Kempsell has also entered next week’s Australian Open in the same city, where he plays Pakistan’s Frahan Zaman in round one.