PETALING JAYA: Ng Eain Yow fought valiantly but still found Egyptian Fares Dessouky too hot to handle as the Malaysian missed the last-16 boat at the El Gouna International in El Gouna, Egypt, yesterday.
Eain Yow was determined to overcome the eighth-seeded Dessouky, having lost to him in the 2019 and 2020 World Championships, but fell 11-9, 9-11, 14-12, 13-11 in a 76-minute battle.
The defeat ends a disappointing run in Egypt for Eain Yow as he also lost in the first round of the World Championships in Cairo a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, S. Sivasangari advanced to the second round when her opponent Yathreb Adel of Egypt conceded a walkover during the second game on Friday.
The Malaysian world No. 20 had won the first game 11-3 and was holding game point at 10-4 when Adel conceded the match.
Rachel Arnold also cleared her first-round hurdle when she defeated Marie Stephan of France 11-4, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7.