KUALA LUMPUR: Delia Arnold is a national back-up squad squash player eyeing an overseas stint to help her improve on her world rankings.
The Kuala Lumpur lass is the fourth ranked national player at number 49 in the world.
The top ranked player is Nicol David as the world number one, followed by Sharon Wee (18th) and Tricia Chuah (25th).
The top three national players are all based in Europe – Nicol and Tricia are in Amsterdam under coach Liz Irving while Sharon is in Antwerp under the guidance of Shaun Moxham.
“Although the SRAM (Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia) are happy with my achievement to break into the top 50, I am not too satisfied with my game, said Delia who turned professional in 2003.
“I need to further improve my game and to help me do it, I need to be based in Europe where I can train and spar with the best players in the world.”
Delia, who is now training under Pakistani coach Ahmad Malik, added that she had set the target to get among the top 35 by end of the year.
“It will be a challenge for me to go up 14 rungs in the next 10 months.
“But I will do my best to achieve it as I want to bridge the gap between me and Tricia, who is 25 rungs higher than me,” said Delia.
“To achieve the target, I not only need to play 10 tournaments this year but also have to do well in all of them,” she added.
Delia's next tournament is the Kuala Lumpur Open scheduled from March 12-17 and she is down to compete in the qualifying rounds. Last year, she failed to make the main draw.
Her first tournament this year was the Buler Cup in Hong Kong last month and she was beaten in the first round by Dianne Desira of Australia.