Injury agony for Donna in Australian Open

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

TWICE Daily Examiner Sports Star of the Year Donna Urquhart writhed in agony as her Australian Open Squash Championship aspirations literally collapsed from under her.

The 18-year-old Yamba princess of the squash courts cruelly twisted her right ankle while playing Jan Hunter from NSW in the opening match of the national championships on Tuesday and was forced to immediately retire.

Chasing down a drop shot early in the match at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Urquhart, now based at the AIS squash academy in Brisbane, inexplicably rolled her ankle and let out a piercing shriek.

"I knew straight away I was in trouble, I was screaming in pain and went straight down," Urquhart revealed. "I couldn't even stand up.

"It was only early in the match. I hadn't even broken into a sweat. I think I was leading 3-1 or 3-2 but when it happened, I was gone.

"This is so disappointing, I'm really heart broken.

"I'd trained so hard. I even came down to Melbourne a week before to train and prepare for the tournament.

"I'm not having much luck at the moment. I don't know what I've done to have all this bad luck. I just can't believe it.

"Surely it has got to come good sooner or later."

Doctors diagnosed Urquhart with torn ligaments on the outside of her ankle and extreme bruising.

The ankle subsequently ballooned and she will undergo of intense physiotherapy in the next month in order to be fit for major tournaments in Malaysia and Hong Kong in February.

The injury has also ruled Urquhart out of the world doubles championships later this month.

Last July Urquhart was forced from competitive squash for over two months after suffering an injury to her troublesome left ankle.

"I've done the left ankle about three times, the last time badly, but I had it strapped at the Australian and this time it's my right one that's gone," she said.

"I'd only just recovered and been back on court for about three weeks.

"It's extremely frustrating but I can't do much about it.

"I guess all I can do now is get it right and try and be fit for Malaysia and Hong Kong next month."



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