Virus gives Yiwen more time to beat infection

  • Squash
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The cancellations of two major tournaments next month, the Perrier Challenge in Hong Kong and Macau Open due to the corona virus outbreak, comes as a blessing in disguise for national squash player Chan Yiwen.

The 19-year-old lass can now get some extra weeks of training under coach Ajaz Ahmed to prepare herself for the tournaments in April and beyond.

The Pakistani coach only started training her last month, taking over from Andrew Cross.

Yiwen, who bagged silver in the individual event at the Philippines SEA Games last month after losing to teammate Rachel Arnold in the final, was down with a viral infection early last month and did not train for two weeks.

Although she recovered, she fared poorly in the Indian Tour in Jaipur last month, losing in the second round.

World No. 92 and eighth seed Yiwen was upset by Egypt’s Salma Eltayeb, who is ranked 136th in the world.

Yiwen said losing to the 15-year-old Egyptian was not the start she was hoping for in her first PSA tournament this year.

“I was not in my best form as I had just recovered from the viral infection but it was a wake-up call for me.

With the cancellations of the Perrier Challenge and Macau Open, I will be able to spend more time training to get back in shape before my next assignment – the SRAM (Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia)

PSA tournament in Bukit Jalil from April 20-23.

“My mission this year is to break into the top 80 and I hope I can make good progress in the home tournament.”

Last year, she competed in six PSA tournaments and won the SRAM tournament in Bukit Jalil.

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