Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (left) is now the top ranked squash player in Malaysia. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan is now the Malaysian No. 1 and he believes it’s time for him to step up and come good.
In the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings, Nafiizwan, who turns 28 on April 24, moved up one rung to No. 33 in the world.
As such, he overtook veteran Ong Beng Hee as Malaysia’s leading player. Beng Hee is now ranked No. 34, dropping seven rungs as he has yet to compete in any tournaments since January.
Terengganu-born Nafiizwan, whose best performance this season is a quarter-final showing at the Pittsburgh Open in the United States in February, believes that his new status will amount to nothing if the results do not show.
“I may be the No.1 now but Beng Hee is still around and it doesn’t mean too much yet,” admitted Nafiizwan
“But I am aiming to step up my game and give it a bigger push, which is why I’m more focused on my training now.
“It’s getting better, a bit stronger and I can say that I am enjoying it. I’ve also had two sessions with David Pearson last week and it’s good to absorb his experience in order to add the finishing touch.
“As for competitions, my next big tournament will be the British Open (May 10-18). But I will compete in two legs of the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) before going to England,” added Nafiiizwan.
Meanwhile, Nafiizwan has been exempted from competing in the selection trials for the Asian Team Championships, Commonwealth and Asian Games along with Beng Hee and Ivan Yuen.
The fourth slot for the team will be a battle between Elvinn Keo, Valentino Bon Jovi Bong, Sanjay Singh Chal, Mohd Addeen Idrakie and former international Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who is coming out of retirement.