Ivan Yuen (right) posing with the mock cheque after winning the opening leg of the WSA Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit on Sunday.
PUTRAJAYA: It was a great week for Malaysian Ivan Yuen.
The national No. 4 clinched his second title of the week when he won the men’s crown in the opening leg of the WSA Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit at the Precinct 11’s Neighbourhood Complex 11 here on Sunday.
Ivan again had to fight back to beat India’s Harinderpal Sandhu 3-11, 11-7, 11-3, 5-11, 11-3 in the final. It was his second win over the 24-year-old Harinderpal, having won 6-11, 13-11, 10-12, 11-1, 11-5 to bag the NSC Series No. 1 Championships on Thursday.
“This final was much easier compared to the NSC Series No. 1. Beating Harinderpal a few days ago gave me the edge. However, I felt that he wasn’t giving his all due to the conditions of the court. Neither was I.
“We were both afraid of getting injured as it was hot inside the court and slippery as well,” said the 23-year-old Ivan.
Ivan will be bidding for his third title at the NSC Series No. 2 Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from March 17-20.
“I need to play well as I want to win a place in the national team for the Asian Team Championships in May and the Asian Games in September,” said Ivan.
In the women’s category, South Korean Ahn Eun-chan outplayed Hong Kong’s Tong Tsz Wing 14-12, 11-8, 11-2 to emerge champion.