R1: Declan 3-2 Vikram

Declan James (ENG) 3-2 Vikram Malhotra (IND) 8-11, 1-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (51m)

Declan

I was being completely outplayed, and I didn’t have any fire in the belly. I was aware that I had lost my first three matches of the season and my last win came in the spring. I was just going down in 20 minutes and not even really fighting, and I said to myself that I needed to take this moment to make it right and to fight for my life.

I think it will be a big moment in the season because I got that monkey off the back, but it was so important for me for my confidence.