PETALING JAYA: Ng Eain Yow’s stunning run in the Egyptian Open may have ended in the quarter-finals but he has earned high praises from the winner.
Top seed and world No. 2 Mohd ElShorbagy put on a superb strategy to run down his younger rival, winning 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 in 41 minutes on Tuesday.
The Egyptian knew he needed to open the first game at a fast pace to get the upper hand against Eain Yow, who is ranked 18th.
The 23-year-old Eain Yow was caught by surprise by his opponent’s new tactical move as they have been training together in Bristol where they are based.
However, it is still his best run in a top tier Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournament.
Eain Yow booked his last-eight ticket when he edged Colombian veteran and world No. 11 Miguel Rodriguez 5-11, 11-5, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 in an 82-minute third-round match.
In the second round, he shocked world No. 9 Mostafa Asal of Egypt 11-8, 11-5, 11-8.
“At the end, it’s just experience from him and inexperience from me.
“He made a point in the first game. He showed me how the match was going to be. It was unrealistic to keep playing at that pace.
“I knew that at some point he would have to let go but the mental strain he put on me in the first game was very strong. He stopped me from playing my game,” said Eain Yow.
ElShorbagy praised the Malaysian No. 1 for his tenacity and is convinced Eain Yow can go a long way.
“The three players I practise with in Bristol are Joel Makin, my brother Marwan and Yow. But Yow is the one I train with the most.
“Sometimes we practise twice a day.
“He’s young, he’s hungry. He’s like a younger brother to me,” said the 30-year-old, who was born in Alexandria.
“I care a lot for him and because of that I was really aggressive and made it really tough for Yow.
“I want to show him how difficult it is at the top, so he learns that it’s not easy to get there.
“Even though this is his first quarters, I wanted to show him there’s a long way to go.
“I know he’s going to go places as he’s really committed and hardworking.”