Tricia's career in jeopardy


BY AFTAR SINGH

PETALING JAYA: National number three Tricia Chua's status in the Women's International Squash Players Association (WISPA) professional circuit is in limbo. 

The Kuala Lumpur lass has not been training the last two months after aggravating a severe toe injury. Tricia's last competition was the Kuala Lumpur Open in February and she is currently being treated at the National Sports Institute (NSI).  

During the two months, she has heard no word from the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and is worried that her career could be in jeopardy. 

Tricia, who is doing her pre-university studies at the Help Institute, said she was really interested in playing for the country but SRAM had not decided on her career. 

“I would love to represent Malaysia in international meets and will meet with SRAM executive director Wong (Ah Jit) soon to discuss things. 

“I won't be able to train full-time because of my studies. But I can train part-time and I feel I am still good enough to don national colours,'' said Tricia, who turned professional in 2000.  

The toe injury, however, is a problem. Tricia said it was severe and affected her foot muscle. 

“The injury is complicated and I have been put under rehab for two months. I am not sure when I will be able to start training again. 

“I want to start training as soon as possible to improve on my world rankings. I am now ranked 60th in the world,'' said Tricia, who was once ranked 38. 

This is not the first time Tricia had felt slighted.  

Last year, she claimed that the SRAM had neglected her welfare complained that she had not received her training allowances. She also expressed disappointment with SRAM for not helping her get a scholarship for her studies. 

The problem was settled and Tricia helped Malaysia win the women's team title in the Asian championships in Bukit Jalil last May. 

Tricia, who won the Scottish Junior Open in 2001, has yet to win a Wispa circuit. 

She came close in the Japan Open last year but lost in the final to teammate and national number two Sharon Wee. 

Besides Tricia and Sharon, the other national women player is Nicol David. Nicol and Sharon are currently training in Amsterdam. 

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