Egypt’s World No.10 Marwan ElShorbagy had to be on his metal against Malaysia’s World No.32 Eain Yow Ng to book his place in the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill quarter finals.
The two players were facing each other for the first time in a PSA match and 21-year-old Eain Yow certainly proved to be no easy opposition for the experienced ElShorbagy who was forced to work hard for his 3-1 victory at the PSA World Tour Gold event.
ElShorbagy has been back to some of his best form recently with the Bristol-based Egyptian’s best performance of the season coming last week at the PSA Men’s World Championship where he took out older brother and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and he continued that form in the opening two games in Weybridge.
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Despite some good shots from the young Malaysian and entertaining rallies between the pair it was ElShorbagy who took the advantage with a controlled performance. Eain Yow came back in though, much to the delight of the crowd, not letting the 2-0 deficit phase him with some terrific squash in a confident display to take the third.
ElShorbagy resharpened his focus in the fourth to get things back on track and ensure he wasn’t the victim of an upset to clinch the 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 victory in 49 minutes.
“I knew how tough this match was going to be,” said 26-year-old ElShorbagy.
“I have played with him once or twice in practice and I know how much he has improved and how well he has done this season. He did well in the Malaysian Open in September and moved to Bristol actually a few weeks back – we’re really happy to have him there and think he will add a lot to the city.
“We will be training together quite a lot, so it’s really good to see him doing well. He’s a former World Junior Champion and I’m pretty sure he will have a great career in the PSA.”
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6 (49m)