Eain Yow hits glory trail again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WORLD ju­nior cham­pion Ng Eain Yow lifted the sec­ond PSA Tour ti­tle of his young ca­reer after com­ing back from two games down in the fi­nal at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Open in Dar­win yes­ter­day.

Eain Yow's 7-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 116 win over third seeded Aus­tralian Joshua Larkin ranks as his big­gest tour­na­ment win as the NT Open car­ried US$10,000 (RM43,475) in to­tal prize money com­pared to the US$5,000 of­fered in his maiden ti­tle win at the Malaysian Tour leg at the Royal Lake Club last year.

Ranked 111th in the world, Eain Yow was stretched to five games for a sec­ond time in the tour­na­ment but bat­tled back for a sweet vic­tory over World No 88 Larkin.

"I was happy to come back from 2-0 down in the fi­nal and to win it five games," said Eain Yow, 19. "Over­all it has been a great tour­na­ment for me. To win it is just awe­some."

Fourth seed Eain Yow was made to work hard in the sec­ond round as well by 43-year-old Aus­tralian jour­ney­man Mike Cor­ren be­fore pre­vail­ing in five games 11-5, 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8.

Eain Yow then got past Matthew Hop­kin of Aus­tralia 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in the quar­ter-fi­nals be­fore over­com­ing Hong Kong's Lau Tsz Kwan 11-8, 5-11, 11-5, 11-3 to reach the fi­nal.

Na­tional team­mate Ad­deen Idrakie Bah­tiar also did well to reach the semi-fi­nals after up­set­ting sec­ond seed Evan Williams of New Zealand 8-11, 16-14, 12-10, 11-8 in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

But sixth-seeded Ad­deen, who downed na­tional ju­nior Farez Izwan Mukhtar 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 in the sec­ond round, was ousted 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 by Larkin in the last-four.

Ad­deen's semi-fi­nal ap­pear­ance was his third this year after the Hamp­shire Open in Eng­land and the Malaysian Tour leg in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, though both those tour­na­ments were US$5,000 events.

Mean­while, na­tional No 1 Nafi­izwan Ad­nan has been drawn to meet Mex­i­can Mauri­cio Sanchez de la Paz in the first qual­i­fy­ing round of the Bellevue Squash Clas­sic in Wash­ing­ton state yes­ter­day.

Should he ad­vance, Nafi­izwan will face ei­ther Peru's Diego Elias or Scot­land's Alan Clyne for a place in the 16-man main draw of the US$150,000 tour­na­ment. Devin­der Singh

Ng Eain Yow

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