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Sunday January 6, 2013

Eain Yow one win away from second British Junior Open title

Hopeful: S. Sivasangari
needs to clear her
semi-final hurdle
to reach the girls’
Under-15 category final. Hopeful: S. Sivasangari needs to clear her semi-final hurdle to reach the girls’ Under-15 category final.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian junior squash ace Ng Eain Yow is one win away from winning his second British Junior Open title after storming into the boys’ Under-15 final in Sheffield, London.

The talented 14-year-old is aiming to emulate national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s feat in winning all age-group titles in this prestigious junior meet.

Yesterday, the soft-spoken Eain Yow took 46 minutes to brush aside joint third-fourth seed Saad El Din of Egypt 11-9, 11-5, 11-7 in the semi-finals.

A day earlier, top seeded Eain Yow showed just why he’s a force to be reckoned with by crushing another Egyptian junior – Blal Nawar – 11-4, 11-0, 11-5 in the last eight.

But it was the semi-final win that means the most to Eain Yow, as it helped make up for his heartbreaking five-set semi-final loss to Pakistan’s Israr Ahmed last year.

Eain Yow, who won the Under-13 title in 2011, will be quietly confident of his chances to bag the Under-15 crown.

He is likely to face Jordan’s Mohammad Alsarraj – the same opponent he defeated in the final of the Asian Junior Under-15 category last year.

With Eain Yow in such good form, it’s hard to see anyone stopping him.

Even national junior coach Andrew Cross admitted that Eain Yow “was really impressive in getting rid of a tough Egyptian opponent”.

Eain Yow, meanwhile, could hardly hide his delight.

“I’m really excited right now ... making the final once more,” said Eain Yow.

“It was a really tiring game as Saad pushed me quite hard. I was just trying to keep it tight and not let him go for his shots.

“It worked because he was just too tired in the end.

“Right now I’m fairly confident of winning the title ... but not over-confident. I’ll most likely face Alsarraj again in a rematch of the Asian Juniors final. But I haven’t got a plan yet!”

There could be more cheer for Malaysia if S. Sivasangari clears her semi-final hurdle in the girls’ Under-15 category.

The Kedah lass was also in smashing form, blitzing past England’s Anoushka Wooler 11-6, 11-0, 11-0 in the quarter-finals in just 15 minutes.

But it was the end of the road for Zoe Foo, who was hammered 5-11, 1-11, 1-11 by Egyptian top seed Habiba Mohamed in the quarter-finals.

Mohd Syafiq Kamal (boys’ Under-17) and Nur Aliah Anis (girls’ Under-13) also fell in the quarter-finals.

Results

BOYS

Quarter-finals

Under-13: Marwan Tarek (Egy) bt Aly Hussein (Egy) 11-3, 11- 3,11-3; Yehia El Nawasany (Egy) bt Pierre Louis Riff (Fra) 11-6, 11-4, 11-7; Ahmed Maged (Egy) bt Ben Merchant (Eng) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3; Mohamed El Shamy (Egy) bt Leonel Cardenas (Mex) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4. Under-15: Ng Eain Yow (Mas) bt Blal Nawar (Egy) 11-4, 11-0, 11-5; Saad Al Din (Egy) bt David Yacobucci (US) 4-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-6; Karim Magdy (Egy) bt Kyle Finch (Eng) 11-3, 11-7, 11-6; Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor) bt Velaven Senthikumar (Ind) 12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8. Under-17: Diego Elias (Per) bt Omar El Atmas (Egy) 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-4; Youssef Aboul Makarim (Egy) bt George Parker (Eng) 11-9, 11-9, 11-8; Kush Kumar (Ind) bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8; Mohamed El Gawarhy (Egy) bt Daniel Poleshchuk (Isr) 11-5, 11-8, 11-5. Under-19: Mazen Hisham (Egy) bt Moustafa Bayoumy (Egy) 6-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-7; Mahesh Mangaokar (Ind) bt Shehab Essam (Egy) 9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9; Karim El Hammany (Egy) bt Ollie Holland (Eng) 11-5, 10-12, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8; Fares Desouky (Egy) bt Richie Fallows (Eng) 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.

Semi-finals

Under-13: Marwan Tarek (Egy) bt Yehia El Nawasany (Egy) 11-5, 11-4, 11-4. Under-15: Ng Eain Yow (Mas) bt Saad Al Din (Egy) 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.

GIRLS

Quarter-finals

Under-13: Hania El Hammany (Egy) bt Nadiia Ursenku (Ukr) 11-3, 11-2, 11-5; Amina Yousry (Egy) bt Nur Aliah Anis (Mas) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3; Hana Ayoub (Egy) bt Eliza Lazarus (Eng) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5; Rowan Reda (Egy) bt Nada Abbas Zain (Spa) 11-8, 11-1, 11-7. Under-15: Habiba Mohamed (Egy) bt Zoe Foo (Mas) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1; Cristina Gomez (Spa) bt Salma Tarek (Egy) 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-9; S.Sivasangari (Mas) bt Anoushka Wooller (Eng) 11-6, 11-0, 11-0; Menat Hamed (Egy) bt Nadin Hisham (Egy) 11-13, 11-2, 11- 9, 14-12. Under-17: Yathreb Adel (Egy) bt Marie Stephan (Fra) 11-2, 11- 7, 11-2; Hana Ramadan (Egy) bt Lucy Beecroft (Eng) 11-6, 11-2, 11-9; Nele Gilis (Bel) bt Mayar Hany (Egy) 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 2-11, 11-8; Salma Hani (Egy) bt Nadin Shahin (Egy) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5. Under-19: Emily Whitlock (Eng) bt Aya Esmat (Egy) 11-7, 11-3, 11-2; VIctoria Temple-Murray (Eng) bt Ararajitha Balamurukan (Ind) 10-12, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-9; Nouran Gohar (Egy) bt Sabrina Sobhy (USA) 11-13, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7; Mariam Metwaly (Egy) bt Lakshya Ragavendran (Ind) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7.

Semi-finals

Under-13: Hania El Hamamy (Egy) bt Amina Yousry (Egy) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5. Under-15: Habiba Mohamed (Egy) bt Cristina Gomez (Spa) 11-3, 11-6, 11-6.

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