PETALING JAYA: Youngster Ng Eain Yow is far from satisfied despite climbing to a career high No. 88 in the world squash rankings.
The 19-year-old moved up 23 spots in the June rankings following his biggest career win at the US$10,000 (RM42,620) NT Open in Darwin, Australia, last month.
But reigning world junior champion Eain Yow was brought back down to earth two weeks ago at the National Championships. He was soundly beaten 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 by national No. 2 Ivan Yuen in the semi-finals.
Ivan went on to beat national No. 1 Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan for his first national crown.
Now, Eain Yow hopes to give a better account of himself when he competes in three tournaments in New Zealand, starting with the NZ International Classic in Palmerston tomorrow.
“I only played well in patches against Ivan. I should have taken at least a set off him, especially in the opener. It’s really frustrating not being able to do so against a higher-ranked player,” admitted Eain Yow.
“The results at the nationals showed that I still have lots to do to catch up with the guys ranked higher than me.
“My aim is to get closer to the top 50 players. I need to step up and start winning matches against them.
“The three tournaments in New Zealand won’t be easy as I’ve got pretty tough draws.
“But it’s a learning process for me. It would be good if I can pull off some upsets.”
Eain Yow takes on Australia’s world No. 81 Joshua Larkin in tomorrow’s first round.
If he beats Larkin, he is tipped to meet world No. 60 and top seed Peter Creed of Wales in the quarter-finals.
Besides Eain Yow, the other Malaysians in the fray are Mohd Syafiq Kamal, Mohd Addeen Idrakie and Valentino Bong.
After the NZ International Classic, Eain Yow will compete in the Invercargill Open from June 13-18 followed by the XL Open in Auckland from June 20-25.