PETALING JAYA: Ng Eain Yow (pic) kept up his red-hot form to storm into the quarter-finals of the Invercargill Open squash championships in New Zealand.
The 19-year-old, fresh from a semi-final finish in the NZ International Classic at Palmerston North last week, looked sharp as he downed fourth seed Angus Gillams of England 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3 in the first round yesterday.
Despite dropping the second set, world No. 88 Eain Yow never looked troubled as he controlled the tempo from the word go to seal victory in 30 minutes.
It was sweet revenge for the reigning world junior champion, who suffered a thumping 4-11, 3-11, 5-11 beating at the hands of world No. 62 Gillams in the Christchurch Open last year.
Eain Yow, who also won the NT Open in Australia last month, will meet fifth seed Greg Lobban of Scotland in the last eight.
“I’m pleased with my performance. I pretty much had it under control despite making so many mistakes in the second set,” said Eain Yow.
“I wasn’t thinking too much about my loss to Angus last year. I knew I had improved since.
“It feels good to win and I’m confident with my game. I just need to focus on my next match now.”
National champion Ivan Yuen also got off to a winning start – beating English qualifier Joe Green 11-5, 11-13,11-8, 11-5.
“It’s the start I wanted, but I’m not too pleased with dropping the second set. I really need to play better tomorrow,” said the top-seeded Ivan, who will face sixth seed Mahesh Mangaokar of India in the last eight.
Malaysia’s Mohd Syafiq Kamal crashed out in the first round after losing 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11 to homester Evan Williams.