Ng Eain Yow (right) claimed the Malaysian Junior Open Squash Championships boys' Under-19 title after defeating Mohamad Syafiq Kamal (left) at the Nicol David International Squash Centre in Penang - CHAN BOON KAI/The Star
GEORGE TOWN: Ng Eain Yow booked his spot for next year’s British Junior Open after emerging the boys’ Under-19 champion at the Malaysian Junior Open Squash Championships.
The 16-year-old underlined his status as a player to watch out for in the future by beating 18-year-old Mohamad Syafiq Kamal 15-17, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 in an all-Malaysian final at the Nicol David International Squash Centre yesterday.
It was the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) student Eain Yow’s second victory over Syafiq in three weeks following his five-set triumph in the Sukma men’s team final in Perlis last month.
“I am really happy to have nailed my first national Under-19 title,” said Eain Yow after the final lasting more than 80 minutes.
“Just as I expected, I had to endure another tough encounter against Syafiq. The match was close and could have ended either way. Luck was on my side today as there were several 50-50 balls that went my way for me to seal victory.”
Victory was also sweet for two-time British Junior Open champion Eain Yow as it avenged his loss to Syafiq in last year’s Under-17 final in the Malaysian Junior Open.
Eain Yow was one of seven local players who won their respective categories yesterday to qualify for next January’s British Junior Open in England. All the players’ expenses will be borne by the CIMB Foundation.
Besides Eain Yow, the others were crowned champions yesterday were Tai Yuen Shawn (Under-13) and Jesse Foo (Under-15) in the boys’ categories and the Azman sisters Aira (Under-11) and Aifa (Under-13), Ma Si Yi (Under-15) and S. Sivasangari (Under-17) in the girls’ section.
National junior Rachel Arnold failed to capture the girls’ Under-19 title after going down 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to top seed Ho Tze Lok of Hong Kong.
There was also heartbreak for Mohamad Farez Izwan, the boys’ Under-17 top seed. The BJSS student went down 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 to Hong Kong’s Ling To Yu in the final.
Kedah’s 15-year-old Sivasangari proved too strong for Federal Territories’ Andrea Lee in the girls’ Under-17 final, winning 12-10, 9-11, 13-11, 11-6.
“Andrea gave me a tough fight, but I managed to raise my game at the right time,” said Sivasangari.
“I am happy not just to have won my first national title in the Under-17 category, but also to book my place in the British Junior Open on merit. I am looking forward to make my Under-17 debut in Britain next January.”