Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 3-2 Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) 13-11, 6-11, 12-10, 3-11, 11-4 (56m)
Super squash today from both players, a joy to watch, although Abdulla is suffering from a bad flu, and under antibiotics. Which would explain how he had very little energy today and went back to his old squash habits, going for too much at the end of the games, and making even 7 errors in the 3rd bless him.
But a great effort from Abood in the first game, he was down 9/2, clawed back to 9/9, even had a game ball of his own, 11/10, but bowed on Yow Ng’ second attempt. He needed that one.
The second, dominated by the Qatari, 9/5 11/6 in 8m (first game 12m). Turning point is the 3rd, with Abood up 10/6, tining the ball as much as he could bless him, losing 6 points in a row, 12/10 to Yow, 14m game with 7 errors from Abood and 1 from the Malaysian….
A good reaction from the Qatari in the 4th, 11/3 in 8m, superb squash but nothing left in the tank in the 5th for Abood, while Yow Ng is just superbly accurate and it’s 10/2, 11/4 in 7m….
The time we played at the TOC he was injured, so I wouldn’t count that as a win, but yes, I had a win against him, so I knew I could get a win but that was a tough, tough match today. We all saw how he played last week in the world… And when the games he won, he just chopped me at the front, I had no response…
My game plan was to make him work as much as possible and just take everything back. Like last time we played, I just run around a lot!!! In the 5th, I feel I broke him a bit, but it was really tough today…
At the moment, I have trained a bit with Hadrian Stiff in Bristol, I had spent a few days there before the British Open, and I liked it a lot. So I’ll stay there a bit and see how it goes.
I am not worried about my progression, I feel that I’m still chipping in, taking it slow, and learning a lot. I had a few close losses against the top 20 players, 3/1, 3/2, hopefully in the next months, I’ll be able to turn that around…