PETALING JAYA: Ng Eain Yow exacted sweet revenge against Miguel Rodriguez to march into the men’s quarter-finals of the Egyptian Open at the Giza Sporting Club.
The 23-year-old, who is now ranked 18th in the world, pulled off a stunner to beat Colombian veteran and world No. 11 Rodriguez 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 in an 82-minute third-round match.
Eain Yow had lost to Rodriquez in an absorbing 101-minute third-round match in the British Open last month but this time the Malaysian had the last laugh.
Eain Yow stumbled in the first set 5-11 but bounced back in the next two by upstaging the 35-year-old 11-5 and 11-9. But Rodriguez took the game to the rubber set by clinching the fourth set 11-7 before the Malaysian aced the decider 12-10.
Eain Yow will face the winner of the match between two Egyptians – top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy and Karim El Hammany next.
A day ago, Eain Yow shocked world No. 9 Mostafa Asal of Egypt 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 in the second round.
The big scalp came after he broke into the top 20 of the Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings on Wednesday.
Eain Yow, who turned pro in 2014, is only the third Malaysian male player to reach the top 20. The other two are Ong Beng Hee and Mohd Azlan Iskandar.
Eain Yow certainly believes that he has found the strength and courage to face anyone in the PSA circuit.
“I believe in myself. And that is the biggest difference this season. I’m not afraid to play anyone. I believe that I can beat anyone on my day,” said Eain Yow.
“And that’s the difference, the confidence in my own game. I just did my job.
“The main thing is to stay calm and focused. Just focus and play my squash. I did that, and the result shows.”
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam was not surprised with Eain Yow’s rise in the game.
“He’s been having a purple patch. His recent 3-0 victory over Mostafa was incredible. He will achieve, with continued commitment, a top-10 ranking much sooner than predicted.
“All this boils down to two important ingredients. Hard work, as guided by his coaches and trainers. And absolute self-belief.
“We are truly proud of the way he is progressing. The National Sports Council (NSC) and CIMB support have been unwavering in their support.
“He is still young, and I believe he has some surprises for us.”