PETALING JAYA: Former national squash player Elvinn Keo broke into the top 100 rankings for the first time and is set to climb further when he competes in the US$15,000 CCI Challenger in Mumbai, India, today.
The 24-year-old Elvinn was dropped from the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia’s (SRAM) elite programme last June for a lack of results.
The injury-plagued Elvinn, however, refused to give up. He set out on his own and managed to rise to a career high No. 97 in the world this month.
His best result in a Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournament this year was making the semi-finals of the NSC Series No.1 where he lost to national No. 4 Ivan Yuen.
Elvinn then went on to win the NSC Closed Satellite. He picked up valuable rankings points by beating fellow dropout Choong Kam Hing in the final last month.
Now Elvinn has yet another chance to pick up more ranking points in the CCI Challenger if he can dish out a respectable performance.
The Penangite was initially drawn to meet top seed Alan Clyne of Scotland in the first round. But following national No.3 Mohd Asyraf Azan’s decision to pull out, a redraw was made yesterday.
Elvinn will now face Indian youngster Ravi Dixit in the first round. A win will see him take on Egypt’s Mazen Hesham in the quarter-finals while awaiting in the semi-finals will be world No. 31 Clyne.
Besides Elvinn, the other Malaysian in the fray is Ivan, who takes on a qualifier in the first round.
He should progress to take on Egypt’s Omar Abdel Meguid in the quarter-finals with a clash with yet another Egyptian – second seed Ali Anwar Reda – waiting for him in the last four.