KUALA LUMPUR: It was experience that won the day when Ong Beng Hee and Low Wee Wern won their titles at the TC National Championships.
Defending champion Beng Hee was pushed all the way by 24-year-old Ivan Yuen – 10 years his junior - but held on to win 11-9, 13-11, 2-11, 11-7 for his third straight national title at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
Ivan came into the match high on confidence after having secured a superb win over second seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the semi-finals and it showed as he put Beng Hee through the early paces.
World No. 32 Beng Hee however nicked the first set and despite giving up five straight points to Ivan in the second, used his wits to secure a closely fought second set 13-11.
Ivan however gave himself a lifeline by taking the third. But Beng Hee was not to be denied as he recovered to bag the title.
“At this age, it’s just nice to be in the final and win. Maybe I’ll even play the veteran’s event (over 35-years) next year,” joked Beng Hee.
“Right now, it’s just to do as well as I can in tournaments. I feel winning here is also a good preparation for the World Championships (Nov 13-21 in Qatar).
“That’s a different level altogether and I need to raise my game but again at this age, I’ll be happy to be in the quarter-finals.”
Meanwhile, world No. 7 Wee Wern easily clinched her second national title in the absence of world No.1 Nicol David.
Wee Wern, who also won in 2012 when Nicol also opted out, barely broke a sweat as she swept past fellow Penangite Vanessa Raj 11-1, 11-4, 11-3.
“I think winning another national title is still a massive thing for me despite Nicol’s absence,” said Wee Wern.
“The match though, was pretty comfortable. I think Vanessa did well to make the final but she was a bit nervous.
“My original target this year was to hit the top five ... which I did, I think the next target now is to do well at the Women’s World Team Championships next month. With Nicol on fire and Delia (Arnold) also playing well, it’s our best chance to finally win it,” added Wee Wern.
Beng Hee pocketed RM11,000 while Wee Wern took home RM8,000.