KUALA LUMPUR: Three is the magic number for Ivan Yuen and Low Wee Wern at the Ohana National Squash Championships.
The pair, who will both turn 29 this year, showed that they are still very much on top of their game after clinching their third national titles at the National Squash Centre, Bukit Jalil on Sunday.
World No. 46 Ivan in particular was really impressive as he dug deep to douse national No. 1 Ng Eain Yow’s bid for a maiden national crown with an 11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 win.
Ivan, the defending champion, was in his third straight nationals final and he looked right at home as he stormed to the first game 11-7.
The 21-year-old Eain Yow however showed nerves of steel as he battled from 7-2 down in the second game to nick it 11-8.
It was all Eain Yow attacking after that as the world No. 38 looked to take charge of the game.
Unfortunately for him, Ivan was in his element defensively and he hung on before squeezing past the finish line.
It is Ivan’s third straight national title and its a welcomed result for him after struggling to deliver in the first half of the year.
“Its my first time playing Eain Yow in a final. He’s the future for Malaysia and he’s also higher ranked than me so I knew he’s a tough and dangerous opponent,” said Ivan.
“I’m just glad that I had a great start as it gave me encouragement and motivation to push myself for this third title.
“I think I did well to squeeze in the third and despite being down in the fourth, I’m pleased that I managed to turn it around to win the match.
“My results on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour hasn’t been great this year so hopefully this win will give me the belief once more to train harder for the coming season and to improve on my rankings.”
Earlier women’s top seed Low Wee Wern also found a way to win despite not playing at
The Penangite, who celebrates her 29th birthday on Thursday, really had to bank on her experience to see off the challenge of Rachel Arnold 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3.
“I think Rachel played really well today. She had a massive win over S. Sivasangari in the semi-finals so she was full of confidence,” said Wee Wern.
“On the other hand I wasn’t at my best all week but I somehow managed to find a way to
win and I’m pleased with the way I came back.
“I think the third game was really crucial for me. If Rachel had won that it would have given her more confidence to make her shots,” added Wee Wern.
The winners of the men’s and women’s Premier division pocket RM4,000 for their efforts while the runners-up take home RM2,000. The semi-finalists also earn RM1,000 for their efforts.