Hungry Ivan determined to win third national title

  • Squash
  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Still fighting: Ivan Yuen (right) playing a shot against Ryan Pasqual in the quarter-finals of the National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Ivan Yuen is out to prove his worth by going for his third title in the National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.

He showed his determination when he charged into the men’s semi-finals with a 12-10, 11-5, 11-6 win against Ryan Pasqual yesterday.

He should get past Rahul Darren Pragasam today and face youngster Ng Eain Yow, who is looking for his first national title.

Top seed Eain Yow, ranked 38th in the world, is expected to win his semi-final match against Addeen Idrakie.

The world No. 46 Ivan admitted that his form has stagnated.

“There will come a time when every player struggles but I still believe that I have it in me to go further and push for more,” said Ivan.

“I will keep fighting till the moment comes.”

“My target is to win the national title but I have to stay focused in every match. The most important thing is to enjoy myself.

“I may have won the national title the last two years but I still have the hunger to win a third. There will be pressure but I’m not going to think about it.”


Men: Ivan Yuen bt Ryan Pasqual 12-10, 11-5, 11-6; Darren Rahul Pragasam bt Sanjay Jeeva 11-6, 11-6, 11-5; Addeen Idrakie bt Ong Sai Hung 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4; Ng Eain Yow bt Siow Yee Xian 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.

Women: Low Wee Wern bt Lai Wen Li 11-4, 12-10, 11-5; Chan Yiwen bt Ooi Kah Yan 11-8, 13-11, 11-2; Rachel Arnold bt Aira Azman 11-9, 11-6, 11-5; S. Sivasangari bt Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.

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