KUALA LUMPUR: National No 2 Ivan Yuen is pleased to have found some consistency in his game.
While the World No 48 has yet to make a significant breakthrough in top-tier tournaments, it is certainly a good sign that he is doing well in the middle-tiered events.
That was proven when the 29-year-old put up another solid display to clinch last weekend’s CNS International Squash Championships in Karachi, Pakistan.
Despite dropping behind early against World No 50 Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan, Ivan rallied back to win 7-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-7.
With the title in Karachi, Ivan has now won successive Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger 20 titles, after first making his breakthrough by taking the SRFI Indian Tour in Chennai last October.
“I feel that I am finally showing a lot more consistency in my game at this level,” said Ivan recently.
“It was definitely a good win in Pakistan as Tayyab is a very strong and skillful opponent.
“Of course, I was a bit off in the first game and he took advantage of that, but I’m happy that I managed to reset myself and came back stronger.
“The win aside, I’m also pleased with the discipline in my game, and it will give me confidence going forward.”
Ivan’s success is very timely as the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) need him to keep pushing at the heels of national No 1 Ng Eain Yow.
It also augurs well for Malaysia’s challenge at the Asia Team Championships at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil on March 25-29.
Malaysia hope to end their 12-year drought in the competition.
Meanwhile, Ivan and the Bristol-based World No 31 Eain Yow will head to Chicago for the PSA World Tour Platinum event — the Windy City Open on Feb 27-March 4.