Further Personal Information
||George Town, MAS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began playing at age nine, and professionally at age 17. Her first coach when she took up squash was Lianne David, the sister of fellow Malaysian squash player Nicol David. "She was my first coach at age 10 when I was representing Penang at state level and Malaysia as a junior. Then I moved on to work with coach Aaron Soyza when I was 12."
|Why this sport?
||She began squash lessons when her mother gave her a choice between squash and tennis. "I had two options, tennis or squash, and well, being a Malaysian, tennis wasn't the best option because of the weather, so I picked squash. But to be honest, I had no clue what it was."
|Name of coach
||Peter Genever [national], GBR; Aaron Soyza [personal]
||Coffee, spending time at the beach. (psaworldtour.com, 17 Jul 2018)
|Most influential person in career
||Her mother, and coach Aaron Soyza. (fourthofficial.com, 13 Feb 2017)
|Hero / Idol
||Malaysian squash player Nicol David. (tocsquash.com, 22 Jan 2014)
||In March 2015 she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] injury to her left knee which required surgery, and initially returned to competition in November 2015. By late 2016 a scan revealed that the initial graph in place on her ligament had disappeared, which meant she missed the whole of 2017 as she required another bout of surgery to reconstruct the ligament. She hoped to return for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, but was unable to recover in time. She finally returned to competition after a 20-month lay-off at the 2018 Malaysian Open in July that year. (malaymail.com, 19 Jul 2018; thestar.com.my, 24 Feb 2018; nst.com.my, 18 Dec 2017)
She suffered from dengue fever in 2014 but recovered in time to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (theborneopost.com, 08 Aug 2014)
In February 2014 she suffered a thigh injury at the Cleveland Classic event in the United States of America. (thestar.com.my, 23 Feb 2014)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||"I need to have coffee two hours before a major game. Some people can't, but I love it. I also have a pillow since I was a baby, and I never leave home without it." (fourthofficial.com, 13 Feb 2017)
|Awards and honours
||In 2006 and 2008 she received the Hassan Musa Award for the Most Outstanding Junior Women's Performance from the Asian Squash Federation. (WISPA, 05 Aug 2010)
||To reach the top 10 rankings in singles again on the Professional Squash Association [PSA] World Tour, and to win a gold medal in the women's team event at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (nst.com.my, 18 Dec 2017)