IVAN Yuen stayed true to form as he nailed the CNS International Squash Championships title in Karachi yesterday.
The World No 48 did not slip up as he overcame second seed and home favourite Tayyab Aslam 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 at the Jahingir Khan Squash Complex.
The Malaysian had a slow start as World No 50 Tayyab came out flying to take the first game.
Ivan, however, recomposed himself and stepped up a gear as he took the next two games.
Tayyab, who was determined to win his second straight title on home soil, nearly forced a decider as he came from 7-3 down to level it at 7-7 in the fourth.
But Ivan was not to be denied as he soaked up the pressure to take the next four straight points to seal his first title of the season in 47 minutes.
It was his 11th title on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour.
“It’s a good result for Ivan as he has been working so hard recently,” said national coach Ajaz Azmat.
“He didn’t start so well against Tayyab but he came back strongly in the second and third. He showed consistency on the court.
“Even in the fourth when Tayyab levelled at 7-7, Ivan showed really good focus to take the win.
“It’s surely a good boost for his confidence as he heads into the Windy City Open in Chicago (Feb 27-March 4),” added Ajaz. Kng Zheng Guan