PETALING JAYA: Malaysia are set to lose another squash talent to studies after top junior prospect Tan Yan Xin accepted an offer to further her studies in the United States.
The 18-year-old Yan Xin was accepted by the University of Pennsylvania earlier this month to study Economics for four years and she will leave in August.
She will, however, continue to compete in squash tournaments and represent Malaysia in the Under-21 World Cup, which will be held in Chennai, India, from Feb 1-5.
“I was really fortunate to be accepted to study abroad and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Yan Xin.
“I will continue to play squash at the university level and I will always be ready to play for the national team.”
Yan Xin endured a mixed season last year.
Her only high points was reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Juniors, leading Malaysia to a commendable sixth placing in the World Juniors team event and cementing her status as the top junior in the country by winning the National Junior Championship last month.
Earlier last year, Low Wee Nee, the younger sister of national No. 2 Wee Wern, also moved to the US to further her studies while 16-year-old Yong Sue Ann accepted a one-year US scholarship in September.
Sue Ann, who was the runner-up in the National Junior Circuit Grand Finals and reached the semi-finals of the Asian Juniors, won the Under-17 title in the US Junior Open in November.
Meanwhile Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) secretary and general manager Christo-pher Brodie said that Yan Xin’s departure was inevitable.
“She informed us some time last year. We can’t stop her from furthering her studies abroad and we wish her all the best,” said Brodie.
“Although we are losing talented players to studies, we are actually trying our best to retain them and the likes of Yan Xin, Wee Nee and Sue Ann can still represent Malaysia as long as they make the grade.”
Besides Yan Xin, the others who are in the team for the inaugural biennial team event in Chennai are Rachel Arnold, Sanjay Singh Chal, Affeeq Abedeen and Marcus Yuen.