World No 26 Richard Vaughan was forced to withdraw in the semi final of the Toulouse Challenger against 5/8* Petr Koukal from the Czech Rep after 72 minutes. Koukal stormed off to an 11-2 lead in the first before being dragged back by Vaughan to 17-16, but a few quick points closed the set for Koukal 21-16.
The 2nd set was a very hard fought affair with Vaughan coming out on top 21-18 after 40 minutes.
The third set started well with players equal at 4-4 before Koukal opened up an 11-5 lead, from which point Vaughan’s speed noticeably dropped leading to him withdrawing injured at 6-16.
Vaughan said “It was a tough match and Koukal was playing very well. I strained a muscle in my leg in the first round and have been dealing with it match by match; the concrete floor has made this an impossible task. The leg was too tight to start and I was slow moving, my leg then seemed to warm up in the second, before straining more in the start of the third and I could hardly move by the end.