Yiwen gets Taylor-made for higher ranking

KUALA LUMPUR: National squash player Chan Yiwen (pic) will need little psyching up in the near future. The 19-year-old will be pursuing a degree in psychology at Taylor’s University from April.

But that is not going to stop her from her squash. In fact, she intends to break into the top 60 by end of this year.

The City lass, who turned pro in 2014, achieved her highest ranking of 90 last November before dropping to 92nd place.

Yiwen said her studies would not affect her performance in PSA tournaments as she would get time off to play in tournaments.

“Doing a degree is not so taxing like the A-Levels where you have to study hard and sit for the final examinations.

“I am confident I will be able to juggle my time for studies, training and competitions,” said Yiwen, who has been struggling to break into top 90 since last year.

“It is going to be challenge to break into the top 60 this year as I have to do well in 10K tournaments by reaching the semi-finals.

“But I have to start this year by doing well in competitions as my teammate like Aifa (Azman) and Ooi Kah Yan, who are of the same age as me, have done better than me in world rankings,” said Yiwen.

Aifa is ranked 62nd in the world while Kah Yan is ranked 78th.

Yiwen was supposed to feature in the Perrier Challenge in Hong Kong next month but the meet was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Yiwen, however, will be busy in April as she has three tournaments starting off with Chief of the Air Staff International in Islamabad, Pakistan from April 4-8.

That will be followed by SRAM (Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia) PSA 1 tournament in Bukit Jalil from April 20-23 and the Indian Tour Leg in Chennai from April 26-29.

Yiwen, who bagged silver in the individual event at the Philippines SEA Games last December, played in the Indian Tour in Jaipur last month but lost in the second round to Salma El Tayeb of Egypt.
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