PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s No. 1 Ng Eain Yow earned a career-first win over a top 10 player after he got the better of former world No. 1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the second round of the British Squash Open.
Eain Yow, ranked 22nd in the world, stunned the 2016 world champion from Egypt 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2 at the University of Hull on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old took the lead at the Allam Sport Centre after coming from 5-3 down before Gawad, who has been struggling with injury this season, responded in the second to draw level.
The two continued to trade points and games as the fifth seeded Egyptian was once again able to peg Eain Yow back to level terms and push it to a fifth.
Eain Yow held his nerve well to take the game by an 11-2 scoreline to progress to the last 16 of the prestigious tournament for the first time in his career.
“I am feeling really good after that. Going in, I knew I had a chance but in the fourth game after I was leading 4-1, I was having flashbacks to last week (Manchester Open) against Egypt’s Omar Mosaad when I was 2-0 up and lost the fifth.
“After I lost the fourth, I told myself to remain calm.
“I came out firing and I don’t think he expected me to come out as quickly and as focused as that.
“I really felt a sense of relief at the end.
“In the last few months, I’ve been playing really well and not getting the wins, so today was a relief to be honest,” said Eain Yow, the 2018 Asian Games champion who is now based in England.
Up next for Eain Yow will be 2018 British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez after the Colombian prevailed 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 over American Todd Harrity.
In the women’s competition, national No. 3 Rachel Arnold also reached the third round after beating England’s Lucy Turmel 11-4, 11-6, 11-7.
Rachel goes up against joint ninth-seed Nadine Shahin of Egypt for a place in the last eight next.
“I thought I did well to stay in control and I was more patient with my shots.
“I’m feeling overwhelmed because this is the furthest I’ve been in a major event,” she said.