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Ng Storms Past Top Seed Ribadas in Malaysian Tour


Unseeded 18-year-old Eain Yow Ng caused a huge upset in the opening round of the Malaysian Squash Tour II, PSA M5 tournament with stunning 3-1 triumph over top seeded Spaniard Carlos Cornes Ribadas in Kuala Lumpur.

Ng, who made it to the final of the previous instalment of the Malaysian Tour, went a game down after a narrow defeat but battled his way back into the match to level things up in a tense second game tie-break. From there, the World No.170 had complete control of the match and dropped just four more points throughout the final two games as he surged to a 9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-1 victory.

His reward is a quarter-final clash with fellow Malaysian Valentino Bong, who recovered from 2-1 down to dispatch Hong Kong qualifier Tsun Hei Yuen.

Muhammad Hannan was the only other seeded player to miss out on a last eight berth after a 3-0 defeat to Spain’s Bernat Jaume saw him bow out of the competition. Jaume will come up against third seed Addeen Idrakie in the next round.

Elsewhere, second seed Sanjay Singh Chal cantered through his first round tie with wildcard Darren Rahul Pragasam to set up a quarter-final clash with Jordan’s Ahmad Al-Saraj who, along with Jaume, is one of just two non-Malaysian’s left in the tournament after he beat Ryan Pasqual.

Number four seed Elvinn Keo and Mohd Syafiq Kamal will engage in an all-Malaysian quarter-final face off thanks to victories over Andrew Lee and Muhd Asyraf Azan, respectively, with Kamal staging a magnificent comeback from a two-game deficit.

Results – First Round: Men’s Malaysian Squash Tour II 2016
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [1] Carlos Cornes Ribadas (ESP) 3-1: 9-11, 12-10, 11-3, 11-1
[5] Valentino Bong (MAS) bt [Q] Tsun Hei Yuen (HKG) 3-2: 2-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-4
Bernat Jaume (ESP) bt [8] Muhammad Hannan (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-1
[3] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt [Q] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 3-2: 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4
[4] Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt [Q] Andrew Lee (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 14-12, 11-7
[7] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Muhd Asyraf Azan 3-2: 7-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 12-10
[6] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) bt [Q] Ryan Pasqual (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-6
[2] Sanjay Singh Chal (MAS) bt [WC] Darren Rahul Pragasam (MAS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-9, 11-3

Draw – Quarter-Final
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) v [5] Valentino Bong (MAS)
Bernat Jaume (ESP) v [3] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
[4] Elvinn Keo (MAS) v [7] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
[6] Ahmad Al-Saraj (JOR) v [2] Sanjay Singh Chal (MAS)

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