It was a good weekend for Malaysian squash fans as Eain Yow Ng and Rachel Arnold lifted the Malaysian Open titles over the weekend as a number of PSA Challenger Tour events drew to a conclusion.
No.4 seed Ng overcame Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in the final by an 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-5 scoreline in 55 minutes to claim his fourth PSA title.
“I couldn’t be any more pleased to win the Malaysian Open,” said Ng following his win. “It’s a great feeling to start the season on a win and it’s going to motivate me even more as well.
“It’s always tough against Nicolas. He had three tough matches previously and I thought I may have an edge today.
“But he really made it tough in a physical contest. He didn’t give me any chances and I’m happy to have taken my opportunities when it came.
“Of course winning the third was also important. Especially since a player like Nicolas is really hard to stop when he is confident.
“But I’m really pleased to have come through. It played on my mind a bit, knowing that the last home winner was in 2010 and there was a bit of pressure on myself to win. I’m just glad that I had it in myself to take the title.”
In the women’s final, Arnold defeated compatriot and defending champion Low Wee Wern in a thrilling five-game final to win her biggest PSA title.
Low took a 2-1 lead, before Arnold battled back to close out an 11-7, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 victory in 61 minutes and pick up her third PSA title.
“I’m very pleased to have grabbed this win,” said Arnold afterwards. “It’s not easy at all as I had to push myself through the whole game and fight for every rally.
“After dropping the third, I knew I just had to fight hard to stay in it. I told myself to stay in the rallies and increase the pace and eventually it worked out in the end.
“This is such a big win for and it would certainly help my rankings a fair bit.
“I’ve been staying around the same rank for quite a while now so this is really the win that I need to give myself a push.”
Meanwhile, two World Championship qualifier events came to an end as France’s Benjamin Aubert and Auguste Dussourd both booked their places at the men’s PSA World Championship, which will take place in Doha, Qatar in November after winning the QSF 3 and Aspin Cup titles, respectively.
Meanwhile, United States Marina Stefanoni has qualified for the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship after defeating Egypt’s Hana Moataz in the final of the Aspin Cup to secure her place at the prestigious tournament.
At the Haining Squash Open, top seed Tsz-Wing Tong reigned victorious in the women’s event after defeating Philippines’ Jemyca Aribado in straight-games in the final, racing to an 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 victory in 25 minutes.
In the men’s event, Japan’s Ryosei Kobayshi picked up his second PSA title after putting in a comprehensive performance against No.2 seed Hong Kong’s Tang Ming Hong.
Finally at the Wakefield PSA, top seed Michael McCue could not make it two titles in a row as he fell to United States’ Christopher Gordon in the final, as the American claimed an 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9 victory to lift his sixth PSA title.
 Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt  Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 3-1: 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 11-5 (55m)
 Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt  Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-2: 11-7, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 (61m)
QSF 3 final
 Benjamin Aubert (FRA) bt Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (36m)
 Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt  Shawn DeLierre (CAN) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (40m)
 Marina Stefanoni (USA) bt Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 15-17, 11-9 (54m)
Haining Squash Open
 Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) bt  Tang Ming Hong (HKG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-8 (31m)
 Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) bt  Jemyca Aribado (PHI) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
 Christopher Gordon (USA) bt  Michael McCue (CAN) 3-1: 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9