THERE’S no doubt that national squash players Ng Eain Yow and Ivan Yuen have huge tasks ahead of them at the Men’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Eain Yow (World No 32) is drawn to meet Fares Dessouky (No 13) of Egypt in the first round while Ivan (No 44) opens against Peru’s Diego Elias (No 7).
But national head coach Ajaz Azmat refuses to rule out the possibility of his men pulling off an upset when the first round gets underway at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex today.
His confidence stems from the fact that Eain Yow won the Malaysian Open in September and reached the third round of the Egyptian Open while Ivan did well to win the Indian Tour in Chennai last month.
Whatever happens in Doha, Ajaz just wants them to give a good account of themselves as the Men’s World Team Championships in Washington from Dec 15-21 is the bigger goal.
“I definitely hope they can win their first-round matches, but it’s not going to be easy as Fares and Diego are top-level players,” said the Pakistani.
“I just want them to go out there and play well so as to give themselves a boost ahead of the world teams, which is really our big target this year.
“I don’t think it’s impossible for them to pull off an upset in Doha.
“Diego lost to a lower-ranked player at the Egyptian Open, so it’s down to what Ivan can do to take his opponent out of the comfort zone.
“Ultimately, though, this world meet is really a good opportunity for both of them to get out there, see how the other players are shaping up and draw some ideas for our preparation.”
Besides Eain Yow and Ivan, the others in the squad for the world team meet are Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie.
Meanwhile, a new world champion will be crowned in Doha after world No 1 and reigning champion Ali Farag of Egypt pulled out earlier this week following the death of his nephew. Kng Zheng Guan