Aifa, Rachel failed to accompany Eain Yow to the quarter finals

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian women’s players, Aifa Azman and Rachel Arnold failed to follow in the footsteps of their countryman, Ng Eain Yow when they were stranded in the second round of the Singapore Open squash tournament at the OCBC Arena, Singapore, a while ago.

Aifa, who is ranked 24th in the world, had to concede at the hands of star No. 6 in the world from Egypt, Nour El Tayeb when he lost straight sets 6-11, 14-16, 4-11 in 28 minutes.

“I am very happy to have won my first match in Singapore and hope to go further.

“I managed to take the lead in the second set, but I lost focus for a moment and Aifa showed a better performance.

“I am grateful to have managed to get up after that and continue to maintain my confidence to close the action with a win,” said Nour, whose statement was quoted on the website

Another Malaysian representative, Rachel bowed to player No. 7 world also from Egypt, Rowan Elaraby 14-12, 9-11, 5-11, 3-11 in 39 minutes.

Meanwhile, Eain Yow who came down early to the court, today, created a big surprise when he buried the champion challenge No. 2 world, New Zealand’s Paul Coll 9-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 in a match that lasted almost an hour.

NG EAIN YOW celebrates his victory over Paul Coll in the second round of the Singapore Open at the OCBC Arena yesterday. – COURTESY of

In tomorrow’s quarter-finals, the country’s leading player will play against the No. 11 in the world, Joel Makin after the representative of England defeated the challenger from Switzerland, Nicolas Mueller 11-2, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7 in 51 minutes.

If Eain Yow manages to maintain a consistent pace of play, it will be a good sign for the player who is ranked 24th in the world ahead of the Malaysian Open which will take place next week.

After Malaysia lost several world stars such as the national squash queen, Datuk Nicol David, Nafiizwan Adnan, Muhammad Azlan Iskandar and the retired Ong Beng Hee, Malaysia’s challenge on the world squash stage is rather bleak.

It is hoped that Eain Yow’s success will not be temporary, but instead will continue to be consistent to re-position Malaysia as a superior challenger on the world map. – ONLINE MESSENGER

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