Howzat, as Eain Yow and Rachel reach finals


PETALING JAYA: It was a glorious day for Malaysia as Ng Eain Yow and Rachel Arnold lived up to their seedings to reach the final of the men and women’s events in the Asian Championships.

Top seed Eain Yow was in fantastic form as he blew away Lau Tsz Kwan of Hong Kong 11-4, 11-4, 11-9 in the semi-finals in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Eain Yow, ranked 18th in the world, faces Yip Tsz Fung of Hong Kong next. Tsz Fung was hardly tested in the other semi-final match as his opponent Nasir Iqbal of Pakistan retired after losing the first two sets 11-6, 11-4.

Second seed Rachel was also in her element as she fought hard to beat Ho Tze Lok of Hong Kong 11-4, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7 in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with top seed Liu Tsz Ling of Hong Kong.

Tsz Ling defeated compatriot Tong Tsz Wing 10-12, 5-11, 11-5, 11-4.

Earlier on Friday, Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi and Chan Yiwei had lost to their respective Hong Kong opponents in the quarter-finals.

Tze Lok eliminated Yiwei 11-5,14-12, 11-9 while Tsz Ling subdued Ainaa 11-9, 5-11,12-10, 11-6.

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