KUALA LUMPUR: Ng Eain Yow became the second Malaysian to lift the world junior squash title after emerging victorious in the tournament held in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, late Thursday (early Friday Malaysian time).
Eain Yow, who is the second seed, put up a splendid performance by pulling off an upset against top seed Saadeldin Abouaish of Egypt, winning 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 and 11-5 in the final match of the boys category, which lasted about 54 minutes, according to the tournament website,www.wsfworldjuniors.org.
The victory made up for the disappointment after his loss in the semifinals to Diego Elias of Peru, who went on to capture his second consecutive world junior title last year in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
For the record, former international Ong Beng Hee was the first Malaysian to win the World Junior title back in 1998 when the championship was held in the United States.
Eain Yow will now lead the country’s challenge in the team event later today, where Malaysia is drawn in Pool F alongside South Africa, Spain and also the United States.
Earlier, world number five and top seed Nouran Gohar of Egypt lived up to her billing after edging teammate Rowan El Araby, 11-5; 11-6; and 11-7, thus defending the girls category title she won last year in Eindhoven.