Frenchman Baptiste Masotti continued his astounding run at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open, beating Malaysia’s former World Junior Champion Eain Yow Ng to reach the quarter-finals of a PSA Platinum event for the first time in his career.
World No.59 Masotti has been one of the success stories of the tournament so far, beating two former top five players in Borja Golan and Miguel Rodriguez to get to the last 16, and he backed that up with a come from behind victory against Eain Yow to seal his quarter-final spot.
Eain Yow did most of the early running as he took a one-game lead, with Masotti receiving a conduct stroke against him due to receiving coaching during the game.
The Malaysian had dominated the ’T’ in the opener, but Masotti began to move him about more in the second, with some superb counter-dropping seeing him level the scores after clinching the game at the third attempt.
Masotti lost his accuracy towards the front of the court though in the third as Eain Yow once again took residence at the ’T’, and he soon closed it out 11-7 to put one foot in the last eight.
However, Eain Yow soon began to tire, and Masotti cut an imposing figure as he outplayed the 21-year-old, closing out a 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 victory after 73 minutes of intense action.
Masotti’s reward for winning three straight matches on the ‘traditional’ court is a spot on the glass court in front of the famous Great Pyramid of Giza – where he will play either compatriot Victor Crouin or Welshman Joel Makin, who stunned No.2 seed Tarek Momen in the previous round.
“What's happened this week is like a dream,” Masotti said.
“I just tried to focus on my plan, but this morning I was more stressed than the other day, I don't know why. I've known him for a long time, he is a good good player. My plan was to put pressure on his backhand. I changed my tactics during the game, I tried to put more pressure on his forehand. tried to mix the pace every time, and it was a mental battle.
“I'm just so glad to win today, my dream was to play in front of the Pyramids, and in two days I will play there. I can't wait to go there and play in front of them.
“At match ball I told myself not to make any mistakes, to just put the ball on the wall, and I think the match ball was the best part of the match. I'm so happy to win this one, it's unbelievable to be in the quarters. I have a day off, so I will prepare myself for the next match in front of the Pyramids.
“France have some good, young players. Gregoire [Marche] is still young, Lucas [Serme], Mathieu [Castagnet] as well, he's not young but he's still a top player, Gregory as well. There's also me, Auguste [Dussourd], Benjamin [Aubert], Sebastien [Bonmalais], and it's a motivation for us to grow up together. I hope I play Victor on Wednesday, it would be very nice to have a friendly guy in the quarters.”
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-2: 7-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6 (73m)