Monday January 7, 2013
Eain Yow thumps Jordanian in 24 minutes to lift his second British title
PETALING JAYA: Talented junior squash ace Ng Eain Yow showed that he’s definitely a player to watch for many years to come after an amazing performance to win his second British Junior Open title yesterday.
He capped a great run by thrashing Jordan’s Mohammad Alsarraj 11-1, 11-6, 11-7 in the Under-15 final at Sheffield.
Eain Yow, who won the 2011 Under-13 title, has set his sights on emulating national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s feat of winning all the titles in the age groups in this prestigious tournament.
The soft spoken 14-year-old top seed got off to a fantastic start against Alsarraj, who was struggling to come to terms with the glass court.
After blitzing to an 11-1 win in the first set, Eain Yow continued to dominate by taking the second 11-6 and led 9-2 in the third before capping a historic win in 24 minutes to become only the second Malaysian boy since Beng Hee to win more than one British Junior title.
A delighted Eain Yow, who leaped for joy after sealing the winning point, could hardly conceal his excitement.
“It feels really good to win the title. It’s been two years since I won the Under-13 title and I’m really happy to win here again,” said Eain Yow in a telephone interview.
“It means a lot more to me that my father (Hong Yuen), was also here to support me and it was great to see him in the crowd.
“Of course, I have to thank CIMB and the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) too, because it was through their Junior Development Programme that I managed to achieve this feat.
“In terms of the match, it was really easy playing Alsarraj this time because I think he wasn’t very comfortable with the glass court,” added Eain Yow.
There was, however, disappointment for Asian Under-15 champion S. Sivasangari who was overpowered by top seed Habiba Mohamed of Egypt in the girls’ Under-15 final, losing 8-11, 6-11, 12-14.
Under-13: Mohamed El Shamy (Egy) bt Marwan Tarek (Egy) 12-14, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 13-11.
Under-15: Ng Eain Yow (Mas) bt Mohammad Alsarrah (Jor) 11-1, 11-6, 11-7.
Under-13: Hania El Hammamy (Egy) bt Rowan Reda (Egy) 11-8, 11-5, 11-3.
Under-15: Habiba Mohamed (Egy) bt S.Sivasangari (Mas) 11-8, 11-6, 14-12.