KUALA LUMPUR: National squash players Ivan Yuen and Ng Eain Yow muffed their chances to upset higher ranked players in the China Open after losing in the first round.
World No. 46 Ivan held the advantage twice but failed to capitalise as he fell to world No. 31 Youssef Soliman of Egypt 11-8,8-11,11-7,9-11,8-11 in a hard-fought 76-minute match in Shanghai on Wednesday.
World No. 37 Eain Yow also went down 8-11,7-11,11-5,11-13 to Mazen Hesham of Egypt, ranked 25th in the world.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam said the players wasted the opportunities to improve their rankings.
“Youssef and Mazen are good players and we were hoping our players would clear their opening rounds as it would have given them good ranking points, ” said Maniam.
“Our players have to start winning if they want to improve their rankings. It’s unfortunate that they missed out on the opportunities.”
Ivan will be back in action at the Hong Kong International Open next week while Eain Yow will have to wait for the Malaysian Open from Sept 25-29.
Meanwhile, Low Wee Wern struggled with pain in her knee after she slipped on the court in her first-round match against Holland’s Milou van der Heijden. Wee Wern lost 14-16,9-11,3-11.
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