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Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 6:27:00 PM
Wednesday October 2, 2013 MYT 6:36:13 PM
by kng zheng guan
PETALING JAYA: Top national junior squash player Rachel Arnold is fired up to go full-time into the sport after soaring to a career high No. 64 in the world rankings.
But first, the 17-year-old Bukit Jalil Sports School student wants to focus on her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams, which start in November.
Rachel, the younger sister of national No. 3 Delia, benefited from being handed the wildcard entry at the Malaysian Open last month, which was a World Series event.
Although she was beaten in the first round by reigning Asian champion Annie Au of Hong Kong in the first round, she still gained enough points, which saw her rise 19 rungs from No. 83 in the world.
She has also leapfrogged Zulhijjah Azan (No. 66) as the national No. 4 and could well earn herself a spot in the squad for the Women’s World Team Championships in Canada next year if she continues her steady progress.
Nevertheless, a surprised Rachel believes that it is still early days and for now she just wants to focus on her studies.
“It was quite a surprise because I did not expect such a huge jump. I am definitely excited about my squash career now,” said Rachel.
“It is quite a boost for me as well and I’m even more fired up to go full-time into the sport.
“But that will be next year. For now I will focus on doing well in my SPM, which only ends in December.
“After that, I will try to make up for lost time before eventually stepping up to go full-time.”
Rachel’s decision is certainly music to the ears of the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) who are currently short of full-time women players and have been relying on the services of Nicol David, Low Wee Wern and Delia.
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