KUCHING: Federal Territories’ top squash player Ng Eain Yow is bent on getting his act right in Sukma after his dismal outing in Hong Kong.
The 18-year-old Eain Yow’s preparation for the World Junior Championships in Poland (Aug 6-17) took a hit after he made an uncharacteristic first-round exit at the Contrex Challenge Cup to Hong Kong’s Ho Wai Yeung earlier this month.
Eain Yow wants to put the defeat behind him and to focus on his Sukma challenge.
“I didn’t play so well there (in Hong Kong) and it was mostly because I felt mentally drained,” said the world No. 149.
“I played quite a few tournaments before that and I didn’t get enough training ... it happens.
“I’m in much better shape now and am looking forward to playing some good squash here this week.
“It would really help me in my preparation for the World Juniors.
“I get a few days off in between matches and I feel this is a good venue to experiment with some stuff and to what will happen at the World Juniors.”
The three-time British Junior Open winner showed no signs of rustiness as he crushed Perak’s Lavindren Luke 11-3, 11-6, 11-6 in the second round of the singles’ competition.
Eain Yow will meet Sarawak’s Timothy Ling in the quarter-finals.
In women’s singles, the top four seeds – Teh Min Jie, S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold and Vanessa Raj – all checked into the quarter-finals comfortably.
There were upsets galore in women’s doubles as second seeds Lee Jia Wei-Nur Aliah Izzati (Penang), third seeds Lee Kar Ern-Teh Min En (Selangor) and fourth seeds Jean Wong-Ma Si Yi were sent packing.