PETALING JAYA: National number one Ong Beng Hee is looking at giving a strong performance in the Bermuda Open beginning on Monday to get his professional squash career back on track.
Beng Hee has fallen into a slump since winning the CAS International in Karachi last November.
He was knocked out in the first round of the Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysian Opens in December. He also failed to get past the first round in the Tournament of Champions in New York last month.
“I know it doesn't look good at the moment. All I need now is to regain my confidence to get back on track,” said Beng Hee in a telephone interview from London yesterday.
“As expected, I faced much criticism after I decided to change the way I play. My world ranking dropped from seventh to 16th because I was still adapting to the changes.
“When I trained with Neil Harvey the main problem was whenever I had problems, we always looked for quick fix solutions. As a result, I never developed strong basics.
“Normally a player relies on his basics when his opponent has managed to read his game. But I couldn't do this because my basics were not strong.”
In January last year, Beng Hee moved out of his training base in Chingford to train under David Pearson in Leeds.
“Once my confidence returns, I will start winning. I expect to hit form by the end of the year,” he said.
In the Bermuda Open, unseeded Beng Hee opens his campaign against 15th seed Mohamad Abbas of Egypt.
Mohd Azlan Iskandar is the only other Malaysian taking part in the tournament and he will play against 14th seed Adrian Grant of England in the first round.