Eain Yow, Sivasangari storm into squash semi-finals

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian champion Ng Eain Yow and compatriot S. Sivasangari chalked up impressive wins to reach the men's and women's semi-finals at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Tuesday.

Second seed Eain Yow defeated 2014 Asian Games champion Abdullah Al Mezayen of Kuwait 14-12, 11-6, 11-1 in the quarter-finals.

However, compatriot Addeen Idrakie failed to progress after losing 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 to Qatar's Abdulla Al-Tamimi.

Eain Yow is confident ahead of his semi-final clash against Abdulla."I have never lost to him, so I hope to beat the Qatari and make the final," said Eain Yow.

Sivasangari only needed 16 minutes to beat South Korea's Hea Mingyeong 11-4, 11-2, 11-8 to reach the semi-finals.

The Malaysian will face Japan's top seed Satomi Watanabe, who eliminated India's Tanvi Khanna 11-5, 11-6, 14-12, for a place in the final.

"My matches against Satomi have always been close, and it is not going to be easy tomorrow," said Sivasangari, who defeated Satomi in the semi-finals of the Asian Championships in June.

However, it was the end of the road for national champion Aira Azman, who lost 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 to Hong Kong's Chan Sin Yuk in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Syafiq Kamal-Aifa Azman defeated South Korea's Yoo Jaejin-Eum Hwayeong 11-5, 11-6 and will face India's Abhay Singh-Anahat Singh in the mixed team semi-finals on Wednesday.

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