Ng puts shocking defeat behind to go after Saurav’s scalp

THERE’S no time to brood over the defeat to India as two-time Asian champion Ng Eain Yow (pic) aims to make quick rebound in the individual competition starting from today.

The Malaysian men’s squash team failed to defend their Asian Games title on Friday and had to settle for bronze.

They crashed out 0-2 in the semi-finals to top seeds India at the HOC Squash Centre.

Eain Yow, the captain of the team, admitted that he didn’t expect the result.

India took the lead through Abhay Singh, who downed Addeen Indrakie Bahtiar 11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 11-6 before world No. 19 Saurav Ghosal subdued Eain Yow, 11-8, 11-6, 10-12, 11-3.

Eain Yow, who featured in the 2018 gold-winning squad, is hoping the extra day of rest will give him some advantage ahead of the individual event.

The boys spent the day supporting the women’s team, who went on to beat Hong Kong in the final.

“This is sports, you win some, you lose some. I lost today, and I will learn from it,” said Eain Yow.

“Of course, I am disappointed to fall in the semi-final hurdle but there’s a lot of positives to take from it.

“I hope to bounce back stronger next week,” he said.

The 25-year-old is optimistic his next time meeting against Saurav, possibly in the final, will produce a different outcome.

“Maybe, he will be more tired than me having to play one extra match. We played a lot together and our head-to-head is quite close.

“He played his best yesterday while I did not. But he can’t play like this everyday.

“I believe I have more to give but I will also be focusing on one match at a time as well as focusing on my recovery now,” said the top seed.

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