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Channel VAS RD1: Malaysia's Eain Yow Survives Five-Game Thriller With Tamimi

Malaysia’s World No.32 Eain Yow Ng secured a place in the second round at the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill in Weybridge, England after prevailing in a five-game thriller against Qatar’s World No.47 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

It was a rapid start from Eain Yow as he built up a strong lead against the Qatari with Tamimi – who made history at the PSA World Championship last week when he became the first Qatari to reach round three of the prestigious tournament – failing to recapture the form that served him well on home turf, hitting the tin numerous times in the early exchanges of the match.

It looked as though 21-year-old Eain Yow was going to comfortably take the first before he relinquished a huge lead, with Tamimi finding his lines and showcasing his flair to mark his comeback from 9-2 down to take it all the way to a tie-break and even holding game ball himself, but eventually the young Malaysian was able to close out, 13-11, much to his relief.

The Qatari came back strongly to hit his stride in the second as he began to settle into his rhythm to take the game away from Eain Yow, who started to show signs of losing his confidence with Tamimi levelling the games.

24-year-old Tamimi seemed to have swung the momentum completely in his favour in the third to build up a convincing lead, before it was Eain Yow’s turn to fight back, saving four game balls before sneaking a 2-1 lead, with Tamimi producing seven errors and six successive points at the end of the game to open the door for the Malaysian.

The entertaining battle between the two young players continued into the fourth. However, a collision at 3-3 brought a halt to the game with Tamimi requiring treatment after both players were sent tumbling to the floor.

However, that knock looked to have fired the Qatari player up even more as he opened up his lead, taking a 9-3 advantage, before closing out 11-3 as he quickly rattled off the points to push the first match of the day to a fifth.

The 21-year-old Malaysian did well not to let Tamimi’s comeback unsettle him in the fifth, however, as he was clinical to steam ahead and take advantage of a tired Tamimi to hold eight match balls before closing out for the loss of just four points.

The Malaysian will face Egypt’s World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy in the second round of the PSA World Tour Gold tournament on Thursday November 21.

“Everyone saw how good Abdulla was today, he was just taking everything in,” said 21-year-old Eain Yow afterwards.

“I had no response and I just couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm, and I thought I just have to try and scrape through. My coach, Peter [Genever], was there with me between games to calm me down and I had to make sure that I trusted my game to just keep pushing on and it worked in the end.

“The last time we played was at the ToC and he was injured, so I wouldn’t count that as a win. I had a win against him, so I knew I could get a win but that was a tough, tough match today.

“My game plan was to make him work as much as possible and just take everything back. Like last time we played, I just run around a lot. In the fifth, I feel I broke him a bit, but it was really tough today.

“At the moment, I have trained a bit with Hadrian Stiff in Bristol, I had spent a few days there before the British Open, and I liked it a lot. I’ll stay there a bit and see how it goes.

“I feel that I’m still chipping in, taking it slow, and learning a lot. I had a few close losses against the top 20 players, 3-1, 3-2, hopefully in the next months, I’ll be able to turn that around.”

Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-2: 13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-4 (56m)

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