Eain Yow passes test of character against James


PETALING JAYA: National squash No. 1 Ng Eain Yow (pic) stormed into the last 16 of the Qatar Classic with a straight-game win over a higher ranked opponent.

Eain Yow met the world No. 24 Declan James once before during the first round of the 2019 Grasshopper Cup in Zurich where the Englishman prevailed 3-2.

But in Doha yesterday, the 31st ranked Malaysian, turned the tables on his opponent with a 13-11,11-7,11-8 second-round win.

“It was a tough match. He is always consistent and it is hard to get him out of position.

“However, I have been training hard and I really believed in myself.

“I knew that my squash could be good enough to get me through to the next round and I was just playing with confidence, ” said the 22-year-old Eain Yow, who is playing in his first PSA World Tour event in eight months.

Eain Yow returned to his training base in England early last month and that was the break he needed to secure an entry into the PSA Platinum event.

“Once the tour was suspended, it would not be possible to break into the top 20.

“I just changed my mindset to just being good enough to beat the top 20. Just believing and training hard to achieve that target of beating guys in that top 20 mark, ” added Eain Yow, who is likely to face world No. 2 Ali Farag of Egypt for a place in the last eight today.

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