PETALING JAYA: The Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) have set a high target for three juniors who turned professional last year.
The SRAM executive director, Wong Ah Jit, said that they wanted Lim Yoke Wah, Sally Ooi and Delia Arnold to get among the top 70 in the Women International Squash Playing Association's (WISPA) ranking by the end of 2006.
The trio have played in only one WISPA tournament since turning professional and Yoke Wah is currently ranked at 96th, Sally at 108th and Delia at 113th.
“It's not going to be easy for them to achieve the target even though they have three years to achieve it,” said Ah Jit.
“They must start qualifying for the main draw of tournaments to improve on their rankings. But this will not be easy for them because they don't have much exposure in international tournaments.”
All three played in the Kuala Lumpur Open last month and none of them made the main draw.
Ah Jit added that from next year, they hoped to send the trio to play in at least eight tournaments.
“The girls will have to train very hard and they have to improve quickly and win matches against higher ranked players,” he said.
Ah Jit added that they hoped that the trio would be able to follow in the footsteps of Nicol David, who is now the highest ranked Asian in WISPA at number eight.
Another Malaysian, Sharon Wee, is ranked 20th and she is one rung below Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu. The third Malaysian, Tricia Chua, is ranked 88th.
Nicol, Sharon and Tricia will feature in the Asian Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from June 18-26.
Nicol, who won the individual title in 2002 in KL, is tipped to retain the individual title. Malaysia are also expected to emerge as the women's team champions again.
Ah Jit added that one of the three juniors would also be named in the team.