PETALING JAYA: National squash player Ng Eain Yow needs to claim his first win over Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in the second round of the El Gouna International today to progress further in the tournament.
The 22nd-ranked Eain Yow has never beaten the world No. 10 before.
The Malaysian has lost twice to Dessouky in the first round of the World Championships in 2019 and 2020.
Eain Yow must come up with something different to get the better of Dessouky this time.
The 24-year-old had brushed aside the challenge of Qatar’s Abdulla Al Tamimi in the first round yesterday, winning 11-9, 11-5, 11-8.
Dessouky did not need to lift a racquet to progress as he received a bye in the opening round.
Eain Yow is looking to bounce back after failing to clear the opening round of the World Championships last week in Cairo when he lost to another Egyptian, Tarek Momen (No. 6).
National coach Ajaz Azmat had said that the Malaysian needs a big win against a top 10 player.
Beating Dessouky will be a great place to start for Eain Yow and it will boost his confidence.
Meanwhile, Ivan Yuen failed to follow his compatriot into the second round when he found England’s Patrick Rooney a tough nut to crack and lost 4-11, 3-11, 7-11.