Eain Yow hungry for more after German Open triumph

KUALA LUMPUR: Ng Eain Yow's victory at the German Open will boost his confidence and help him achieve greater things in the sport.

The 26-year-old, who is in the Fast-Track programme for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, defeated world No. 34 and sixth seed Dimitri Steinmann of Switzerland 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-3 in the final in Hamburg yesterday (April 7).

World No. 22 Eain Yow showed consistency throughout the tournament, marked by his sensational victory over world No. 11 Joel Makin in the semi-finals.

With the title, Eain Yow, whose career-high ranking was No. 17, will likely return to the top 20 when the new PSA Tour rankings are released tomorrow (April 9) .

However, his main objective is to break into the world's top 10 by June next year.

His title in Hamburg was his seventh on the PSA World Tour since turning professional in 2014.

National coach Ajaz Azmat believes the nation will see a more confident Eain Yow on the tour after the Hamburg triumph.

"The title in Hamburg will give him the boost to perform better in two platinum-level tournaments — El Gouna International (on April 19-27) and the World Championships (on May 9-17), both in Egypt.

"I believe Eain Yow is hungry and wants more," said Ajaz.

Eain Yow will face world No. 48 Cesar Salazar of Mexico in the first round in El Gouna.

Before his victory in Hamburg, Eain Yow played in six tournaments this year, with the semi-final showing at the Edinburgh Open last month being his best achievement.

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