PETALING JAYA: Cairo has proven to be an unhappy hunting ground this year for national No. 1 squash player Ng Eain Yow (pic).
The world No. 27 Eain Yow went down 5-11,7-11,7-11 to Youssef Ibrahim of Egypt in the men’s second round in the El Gouna International S quash championships yesterday. His opponent was ranked three rungs lower than him in the world.
Just two months ago, his campaign in Cairo also ended early when he went down fighting to world champion Tarek Momen of Egypt in the second round of the Black Ball Open.
The country’s top player has been based in Bristol, England since December last year.
Second seed and world No. 2 Tarek has booked a ticket in the third round after defeating Ikers Pajares Bernabeu of Spain 11-5,11-8,11-6. He faces his compatriot Mazen Hesham in the third round today.
It was contrasting fortunes for two other seeded players as fifth seed Karim Abdel Gawad marched into the last 16 after beating countryman Mohamed ElSherbini 11-9,12-10,6-11,11-7 while eighth seed Miguel Rodriquez of Mexico crashed out 7-11,12-14,4-11 to Gregoire Marche of France in the second round.