PETALING JAYA: Three Malaysians – Ng Eain Yow, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Darren Chan – easily checked into the boys’ third round of the World Junior Championship in Windhoek, Namibia.
Sixteen-year-old Eain Yow was in scintillating form as he demolished Israel’s Noam Peer 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 in the first round on Sunday. The two-time British Junior Open winner was again on fire as he brushed aside Colombia’s Santiago Orozco 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.
Syafiq, who disposed of Israel’s Nir Cohen 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 in Sunday’s first round, dropped a set before powering past American Max D. Reed 7-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-5.
The 18-year-old Syafiq will next meet Argentina’s Juan Segundo Barreyro, who struggled to down Ireland’s Cillian Dunne 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7.
As for Darren, he registered an 11-4, 11-6, 11-7 win over New Zealand’s Scott Galloway to set up a clash with joint 13th-16th seed Michael Craig of Ireland.
Ong Sai Hung, the youngest member in the team, was the only Malaysian casualty.
The 15-year-old Ong Sai Hung cleared his opening round by beating Sweden’s Tor Christoffsen 13-11, 11-6, 11-9. In the second round, Sai Hung lost 3-11, 5-11, 4-11 to joint fifth-eighth seed Lyell Fuller of England.
National junior coach Andrew Cross was pleased with the trio’s performances.
“It will be tougher in the next round as all our three players will be up against seeded players. But it will be a good test for them and we are banking on them to produce upset wins.”