Two-time defending champion Ng Eain Yow (right) advanced to the semi-finals in the Under-17 category of the British Junior Open after his opponent retired in the third set. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Top junior Ng Eain Yow was barely troubled as he breezed into the semi-finals of the Under-17 category of the British Junior Open at Sheffield on Saturday.
The 15-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School student who is also the reigning Under-15 champion, enjoyed an easy run out as his opponent - Egypt’s Adham Mady retired with Eain Yow leading 11-6, 11-6.
The win puts Eain Yow in the semi-finals of the British Juniors for the fourth successive year.
He is also well on course to win his third British Junior title, after the Under-13 title in 2011 and Under-15 in 2013.
Eain Yow who has yet to drop a set in the tournament will face local hope Patrick Rooney for a place in the final.
But hopes of an all-Malaysian final vanished after Mohd Farez Izwan lost to Jordan’s Mohammed Alsarraj 10-12, 8-11, 11-13.
It was sweet revenge for the Jordanian boy who lost to Farez in the Under-15 final of the Asian Junior Championships last year.
Alsarraj will go on to face top seed Youssef Soliman of Egypt, who defeated compatriot Saad El Din Ihab 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7 in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile Malaysia’s challenge in the Under-15 category also came to an end after Ong Sai Hung was beaten 7-11, 13-11, 6-11, 8-11 by second seed Ziad Sakr of Egypt in the last eight.
In the girls’ Under-17 category, Nazihah Hanis’ hopes of making the semi-finals was ended after crashing out in the quarter-finals against Egypt’s Hana Basem.
Nazihah who made the top four in the Under-15 category back in 2012 lost 4-11, 6-11, 4-11.
Amirah Rusydina Rosli also failed to set up a semi-final clash with compatriot Aifa Azman in the Under-13 category.
She was beaten 6-11, 5-11, 1-11 in just 18 minutes by second seed Nouran Youssef of Egypt.