And that’s something Darren wants to surmount. In fact, he idolises Eain Yow and wants to be like him.
Darren is 21, he turned professional in 2016 and is ranked 144th in the world. Eain Yow is 22, turned pro in 2014 and is ranked 34 in the world, besides being the number one squash player in the country.
Darren, from Negri Sembilan, said he really admired the older player and wanted to emulate him.
“He is only one year older than me but he has managed to reach the top 40 in the world while I am nowhere near him.
“Eain Yow is fast on court and has no fear playing higher ranked players in PSA tournaments. He has made tremendous progress in PSA tournaments and has even beaten a player, who is ranked No. 10 in the world,” said Darren.
Eain Yow stunned world No. 10 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia 3-1 in the group stage of the world team championships in Washington in December. He also upset world No. 25 Mathieu Castagnet of France in five sets in the second round of the Tournament of Champions in New York.
Darren said Eain Yow was an inspiration to him.
“He gives his best in tournaments and should be among the top 10 in the world soon.
“As for me, I still play in the PSA tournaments as though it is a junior meet. I have to change my mindset and learn from Eain Yow how to become a better player.
“I have been playing in the PSA tournaments in the last four years but I have yet to win a title. I reached the final in XL Open tournament in Auckland last October but lost,” said Darren, who was seeded fourth in tournament and he lost to second seed Tang Ming Hong of Hong Kong in the final.
Darren completed his foundation studies last September and wants to be a psychologist. However, he has taken a break from studies to focus on training and competitions.
“My mission this year is to break into the top 100 bracket and I have to start producing results in tournaments to achieve my target,” said Darren, who will be playing in 10-12 PSA tournaments this year.
His first meet will be Auckland Open from March 5-8 and he hopes for a good start.
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