PETALING JAYA: National No.1 Ng Eain Yow (pic) is the last Malaysian standing after marching into the third round of the Tournament of Champions in New York.
World No. 34 Eain Yow battled past world No. 25 Mathieu Castagnet of France in a tough five-game encounter to win 9-11,11-5,11-8,7-11,11-7.
It’s the first time that the 21-year-old has come this far in the tournament and he thanked compatriots Low Wee Wern and Ivan Yuen for their guidance.
“I got off to a good start but went off pace at the later stage. I allowed him to comeback and take the opener but there were still positives to take from that setback, ” said the Bristol-based Eain Yow.
“I chose not to be harsh on myself and continued to focus on my game. Luckily, I had Ivan and Wee Wern to keep me calm. I kept my game plan going and I’m happy it worked out well in the end.”
Eain Yow faces fourth seed Tarek Momen of Egypt next.
Meanwhile, Ivan had earlier crashed out to Iker Pajares Bernabeu of Spain 11-8,12-10,5-11,11-9 in 69 minutes in the second round on Friday.
Two other Malaysian women representatives – Wee Wern and Racheal Arnold – were also knocked out in the first round.
Rachel fell 10-12,11-8,7-11,11-4,11-4 to Nada Abbas of Egypt in 48 minutes while Wee Wern went down fighting 11-4,9-11,11-4,8-11,11-9 to Julianne Courtice of England in 57 minutes.
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