PETALING JAYA: Ng Eain Yow has served up a surprise by storming into the quarter-finals of the US$15,000 (RM61,000) New Zealand Classic squash championship.
The 18-year-old Eain Yow, who came through two rounds of qualifying matches, stunned seventh seed and world No. 92 Joshua Larkin of Australia 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10 in the first round at Palmerston North on Thursday.
The world No. 182 is using the New Zealand Classic to prepare for the World Junior Championship in Poland from Aug 6-17.
“Competing in New Zealand is a good way for him to prepare for the world juniors as he can train and compete with different types of players,” said national junior coach Andrew Cross.
“He has the ability to adapt to different types of matches and he’s definitely showing good progress.
“He’s also pushing our senior players hard ... it’s great that he’s always looking for new ways to progress.”
The three-time British Junior Open winner meets second seed Rex Hedrick of Australia in the last eight.
National No. 2 Ivan Yuen also progressed after easily dispatching English qualifier Ashley Davies in the first round.
The world No. 54, who reached the semi-finals of the HKFC International last month, won 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 and will meet Wales’ Peter Creed next.
A third Malaysian, qualifier Mohd Syafiq Kamal, however, failed to advance after losing 8-11, 6-11, 3-11 to top seed and world No. 34 Paul Coll of New Zealand.