Thursday January 3, 2013
Eain Yow cruises into third round in Sheffield
PETALING JAYA: Top seed Ng Eain Yow got off to a storming start in the British Junior Open squash championships after easily cruising into the third round in Sheffield.
The 14-year-old Eain Yow is on a high after being undefeated in his age-group in Asia last year – and winning the Asian Juniors Under-15 title last June.
He also won the Pontefract Junior Open on Sunday and is the hot favourite to clinch the Under-15 title in Sheffield after making the semi-finals last year.
The soft-spoken KL boy, who is seeking to emulate national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s feat of winning every age-group title in the prestigious British meet, could not have asked for a better start yesterday.
He first overcame Pakistan’s Zeeshan Gul 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 in the first round before effortlessly dispatching local player Isaac Rawcliffe 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 to make the last 16.
“It’s a good start and a good win ... Zeeshan didn’t play badly and had a solid game. So, I’m quite pleased with this win,” said Eain Yow, after beating Zeeshan.
“I was also rather confident of my second round match because (team-mate) Jesse (Foo) had beaten him in the Pontefract tournament.”
National junior coach Andrew Cross was also pleased with Eain Yow’s convincing start.
“It’s definitely a good start for him because the Pakistani boy was an unknown quantity and we were expecting a tricky match,” said Cross.
“It turned out that he’s not a bad player ... so, for Eain Yow to win in straight sets is definitely very encouraging.
“Rawcliff was probably not in the same class as Eain Yow and overall it was a very good first day indeed.”
In other Under-15 first round matches, Jesse defeated joint 17th-32nd seed Aryaman Andik of India 9-11, 16-14, 11-8, 13-11.
The other Malaysian boys in action are Sanjay Singh Chal, Gurshan Singh (Under-19); and Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Darren Chan and Al Nikc Ally (Under-17).
The girls competing in the British meet are Rachel Arnold, Teh Min Jie (Under-17); S. Sivasangari, Zoe Foo (Under-15); and Nur Aliah Anis and Aifa Azman (Under-13).