PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s challenge in the British Open has ended but it has got Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam excited for the future.
National squash players Ng Eain Yow and Rachel Arnold showed resilience before bowing out in the third round at the Allam Sports Centre in Hull on Wednesday.
Eain Yow pushed until the end in an absorbing match against Colombian Miguel Rodriguez before losing 13-15, 13-11, 12-14, 11-8, 4-11 in 101 minutes.
Rachel was equally resolute before she went down fighting 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 9-11 to Egypt’s Nadine Shahin in 45 minutes.
National No. 2 S. Sivasangari had earlier lost 11-9, 2-11, 6-11, 8-11 to American Amanda Sobhy in the second round.
Maniam said it was Malaysia’s best outing in the British Open in recent years.
“They had beaten formidable opponents en route to the third round. They gave their higher ranked opponents a good fight,” said Maniam.
World No. 22 Eain Yow had earlier upstaged world No. 6 Karim Abdul Gawad of Egypt while Rachel, ranked 43rd, upset world No. 30 Lucy Turmel from England.
“It reflects their hard work in training and preparation despite the conditions that we are in now. Eain Yow showed great physical strength against Miguel who won the British Open three years ago.
“Rachel was close to upsetting world No. 16 Nadine, and Sivasangari gave a good fight against world No. 5 Amanda.”
Maniam said they would keep working to get their players in the top 10.
“Our players are fit but they need to be even stronger, physically. We also need to increase our repertoire of shots. If we have lots of shots in our arsenal and use them effectively, we can go far.”