PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Ng Eain Yow did not get the year-end bang he was looking for when he crashed out in the first round of the Black Ball Open squash championships in Egypt.
The 22-year-old, who arrived in Cairo on the back of a strong showing at the Qatar Classic last month, was unable to counter world No. 17 Omar Mosaad of Egypt as he lost 8-11,5-11,6-11 on Sunday.
Omar, a former world No. 3 and nicknamed ‘Hammer of Thor’ with his 1.93m frame and hard hitting style, took control right from the start.
Eain Yow made numerous unforced errors and eventually bowed out after 43 minutes.
“It was definitely a tough game and Omar was definitely on top of his game, ” said Eain Yow.
“The most frustrating part for me was the fact that I really didn’t have a chance to play my own game.
“Omar certainly didn’t give me enough opportunities to get into the game and I certainly felt that I didn’t trouble him enough.
“That’s the end of the 2020 calendar for me and hopefully we’ll have positive news of what events will come next year, ” added Eain Yow, who will return to his base in Bristol.
He trains under Hadrian Stiff alongside Egyptian brothers, world No. 2 Mohd Elshorbagy and No. 6 Marwan Elshorbagy.
Omar will face compatriot and world No. 1 Ali Farag in the second round.
Top seed Ali recovered from a first game setback to beat Spaniard Iker Pajares 11-13,11-3,11-3,11-7.
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