Ng Eain Yow (left) in action against Perak’s Lavindran Luke at the Malaysia Junior Open squash tournament in Penang on Sunday. He won the second round match in four sets. - CHARLES MARIASOOSAY/ The Star
GEORGE TOWN: Ng Eain Yow is confident of booking his ticket to next year’s British Junior Open despite making a nervy start in the Malaysian Junior Open squash championships.
Making his debut in the Under-19 category, the 16-year-old national junior was not at his best in his 9-11, 11-4, 14-12, 11-7 win over Perak’s Lavindran Luke at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Bukit Dumbar, Penang, on Sunday.
With all the local players who win in their respective categories in Penang this week assured of an automatic berth at the British Junior Open in January, second seed Eain Yow is determined to break his Malaysian Junior Open jinx.
Last year, he lost in the Under-17 final to Mohd Syafiq Kamal, who is the Under-19 top seed this year.
“It was a terrible display from me today. I am still feeling tired after playing in the Sukma (in Perlis last week),” said Eain Yow, the two-time British Junior Open champion.
“I hope it is just the first match jitters. I need to play better if I am to win my first national junior title.”
Eain Yow, who led the Federal Territories to the men’s team gold medal in Perlis, expects another rematch against arch-rival Syafiq in the final.
Matches between the two players have always been close, with Eain Yow edging Kelantan’s Syafiq 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 in the Sukma team final.
“If everything goes according to plan, I will likely play Syafiq in the final here. With qualification to the British Juniors on offer, the stakes are high for both of us to win,” said Eain Yow.