World No.1 Ali Farag continued his title defence at the Qatar Classic with a 3-0 victory over Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng.
Farag is the defending champion in Qatar after beating Germany’s Simon Rösner at the 2018 tournament and needs to reach the final in Doha this week to be certain of retaining the World No.1 spot which is under threat from three-time champion Mohamed ElShorbagy.
Farag was in full flow today though as he keeps his eyes on the prize in Doha. The Egyptian found his targets well and forced Eain Yow to do a lot of heavy work, which took its toll on the 22-year-old Malaysian and Farag was able to see out the victory by an 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 margin.
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Next up for Farag will be either Peru’s Diego Elias or Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez for a place in the semi-final.
“He is proving himself to be a very solid opponent,” said Farag afterwards.
“He was getting everything back, I’ve never seen a Malaysian that doesn’t move well – what are they feeding them over there! Beng Hee first, then Ivan and Nafiizwan and Yow, they move so well and it’s so hard to put the ball away. At the end I thought I would try to tire him out to see if it would pay off and it did. I couldn’t be more full of praise for him, he’s very talented but he also has the character to rise up the rankings and I’m really pleased to win in three today.
“It’s what every athlete in any sport plays for, they want to be at the top of their game. It doesn’t end there though, if you don’t improve when you’re there, you’re not going to sustain it for long. You enjoy it for a moment and then you have to get on with your business, train even harder because you know everyone is aiming for that spot.
“At the tournament I don’t think about it [the No.1 ranking], you just take it one match at a time. Yesterday was a tough match, today was a very tough one as well and tomorrow, whether it’s Miguel [Rodriguez] or Diego [Elias] that’s going to be tough as well, if not even tougher – so I just have to focus on that.”
 Ali Farag (EGY) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)