Eain Yow fails to get the better of Rodriguez in semis

Depleted: Ng Eain Yow (left) in action against Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez in the semi-finals.

PETALING JAYA: National No. 1 Ng Eain Yow’s title charge in the Malaysian Open squash championships came to an end at the hands of Colombian Miguel Rodriguez.

Defending champion and third seed Eain Yow lost 9-11, 9-11, 6-11 in the semi-final to the top seeded Rodriguez at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Eain Yow got the better of the higher ranked Rodriguez in the British Open in September and had high hopes of pulling off another win on home ground.

But Eain Yow, ranked 18th in the world, could not out-maneuver Rodriguez as the Colombian led from the start in all three games.

Rodriguez will face second seed Gaurav Ghosal of India in the final today. The Indian player defeated Frenchman Victor Crouin 12-10, 11-9, 11-9 in the other semi-final.

Eain Yow admitted he could not lift his game to match his rival despite his best efforts.

“Physically I was not at my best. The first two games was crucial but I was a little bit sluggish on court.

“I didn’t play as well as I wanted to and credit goes to Miguel who really played well today.

“It’s tough to take this defeat but I will review what went wrong after this,” said Eain Yow, who thanked the fans for their support.

“I’m sorry I could not get into the final but the fans were supportive when I were trying to catch up.

“I enjoyed playing in front of the home crowd and hopefully they will continue to support us.”

Eain Yow has a chance to show what he is made of when he leads Malaysia’s campaign in the Asian Team Championships starting on Monday. SEMI-FINALS

MENMiguel Rodriguez (Col) bt Ng Eain Yow (Mas) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6;

Saurav Ghosal (Ind) bt Victor Crouin (Fra) 12-10, 11-9, 11-9.

WOMENAifa Azman (Mas) bt Danielle Letourneau (Can) 11-4, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3;

Salma Hany (Egy) bt Hollie Naughton (Can) 11-1, 11-8, 11-5.

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