HONG KONG number one Faheem Khan has an excellent chance of progressing in next week's Cathay Pacific-Perrier Open following the withdrawal of former world champion Ross Norman yesterday. New Zealander Norman, the 1986 world champion who is currently 12th on the Professional Squash Association chart, pulled out of the Hong Kong event because of an inflamed wrist. 'I've never had any trouble with my wrist before but it suddenly swelled up in the last two days,' said the 36-year-old Norman from his base in London. 'It's disappointing having to pull out from Hong Kong but I don't want to jeopardise my chances of playing at the World Open in November.' Norman's withdrawal has given Faheem, 36th in the world and into the main draw with a wild card, a much better chance of going through to the second round because he will now face Argentina's 27th ranked Federico Usandizaga. This is the second change of opponent for Faheem, who was originally drawn to meet England's world number eight Del Harris before the organisers re-conducted the draw two weeks ago after second seed Peter Marshall pulled out. 'I'm happy to play Federico, whom I beat at the world team championships in Karachi two years ago,' said Faheem in a long distance call from Kuala Lumpur where he is taking part in the Malaysian Open. 'Although he is now ranked several places above me, I'm confident of beating him again. Reaching the second round is my target for the tournament.' Should Faheem beat Usandizaga, his second round opponent would probably be Australian world number three and second seed Rodney Eyles. Norman's withdrawal followed that of England's Marshall and Australian Rodney Martin, but the tournament still features 21 of the world's top 24 players. Tickets for the event are available from the Hong Kong Squash Centre in Cotton Tree Drive.