Third time’s the charm as Eain Yow gets revenge on Waller

PETALING JAYA: National squash player Ng Eain Yow (pic) has finally got his revenge on Englishman Adrian Waller.

After losing to him twice in the last one year, Eain Yow found his groove to beat the world No. 27 with a 7-11, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 win in the first round of the Optasia Championships at the Wimbledon Club in London, England, yesterday.

The 24-year-old lost to Waller in a five-game battle last week at the Windy City Open and also at the Canary Wharf Open last year.

The world No. 18 Eain Yow lost the first set 7-11 but showed great tenacity and strength to nick the next three sets.

“The court condition was tough. Adrian played well with his shots and hit some fantastic winners in the first game,” said Eain Yow.

“I wasn’t hitting my lines in the second set but I just stuck to it. I know I was fit enough to go the distance. I kept playing hard and made sure I picked up every ball.

“I eventually grew in confidence and I’m happy I got through today.”

Eain Yow said his growth in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) circuit was due to his training in Bristol, England.

“It’s not easy to play at the highest level, so we’ve to move overseas. We’ve several role models who have done it before like Datuk Nicol David, Ong Beng Hee, Azlan Iskandar and Nafiizwan Adnan,” he said.

“I’ve been here in Bristol for two years now, and I’m happy that I made that move.

“I train with Mohamed El Shorbagy, Marwan El Shorbagy and Youssef Soliman as well. They’re a lovely bunch in Bristol.

“Adrian Stiff (coach) has been amazing, he’s pushed me to improve and to keep working hard. It was a big thing for me to move here but it has been good.”

Eain Yow will take on Welshman and world No. 8 Joel Makin in the second round.

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