PETALING JAYA: National squash player Ng Eain Yow can hold his head high despite losing in the men’s individual third round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon.
The 20-year-old’s creditable run in the platinum level Professional Squash Association (PSA) event came to an end with a 10-12, 4-11, 4-11 defeat to world No. 10 Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt.
After a tight first game, Eain Yow couldn’t keep the momentum as he was easily outclassed by the Egyptian.
Despite the defeat, it was the youngster’s best-ever finish in a platinum level tournament.
His defeat ends Malaysia’s fight in the tournament after Nafiizwan Adnan lost in the first round.
It was another impressive outing for Eain Yow after an inspiring run in the Qatar Classic last month which saw him notch his first-ever win at a platinum tournament when he stunned the higher ranked and home favourite Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in the first round.
Eain Yow fell in the second round, but it was not after pushing former world champion Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt to the limit in a five-game thriller.
The Malaysian is certainly showing steady progress since playing a pivotal role in helping team defeat Hong Kong in the final for the gold medal at the Indonesia Asian Games in August.
Meanwhile, in the women’s individual event, Nicol David’s campaigned ended when she went out in the second round while three others – Low Wee Wern, S. Sivasangari and Rachel Arnold were eliminated in the first round.