PETALING JAYA: Top junior squash player Ng Eain Yow did not have a grand Father’s Day celebration with his father, Ng Hong Yuen.
But the 15-year-old plans to win a big prize for his father – the Asian junior title. The Asian Junior Championships will be held from June 25-29 in Amman, Jordan.
“It was not much of a celebration. I just went for a movie with my dad yesterday morning, just the two of us,” said Eain Yow, a two-time British Junior Open champion.
“It’s good to spend time with him because I’m really close with him. He’s the one who got me started in squash and he has sacrificed so much just for me.
“When I was younger, my dad was a social player and he used to bring the whole family to the nearby courts to play squash ... just for health purposes.
“Later on when I started playing in tournaments, he became my biggest supporter. He’ll come to most of my matches, which is great really, because that moral support means a lot to me.
“The best moment so far was still this year’s British Juniors because he took time off to fly all the way to Sheffield and I managed to win the Under-15 title.
“He has given so much to me and I can’t thank him enough because without him there wouldn’t be me. I just want to make him proud whenever I play in tournaments,” said Eain Yow.
The Bukit Jalil Sports School student is a favourite for the Under-17 title at the Asian Juniors.
Eain Yow, however, is wary of team-mates Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Darren Chan.
“The standard in the Asian Juniors is about the same as the Milo All Star Open and Penang Juniors. I feel that I have a good chance if I play well,” said Eain Yow who won the Milo All Star after victories over Syafiq and Darren in the semi-finals and final respectively.
“My target is to win but with Syafiq and Darren as well as Hong Kong’s Yuen Tsun Hei in the fray, it’ll be a little more challenging.
“But I’m hoping for a good draw and, hopefully, only get to meet Darren in the final,” added Eain Yow.
Besides the trio, the other boys heading for the Asian Juniors are Mohd Farez Izwan, Ong Sai Hung (Under-15), Mohd Hafiz Zhafri and Siow Yee Xian (Under-13).
The girls’ team have Rachel Arnold, Vanessa Raj (Under-19), Nazihah Hanis (Under-17), S. Sivasangari, Andrea Lee, Zoe Foo (Under-15), Aifa Azman and Ooi Kah Yan (Under-13).