Name: Mohd Azlan Iskandar
Date of Birth: 01st June 1982
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Residence: London, England
Racquet: Head 135 Zenon
Sponsors: Zecon, Maxis, Power Bar, CIMB, Encorp, Harimau Apparel
Coach: Peter Genever, Sean Strugeds (Physical Trainer)
Interests: Music, wake boarding
Clubs/Teams: Chichester Lawn Tennis Club, Odense Squash Club
Biography: After making his top 20 world ranking debut in January 2005, it was not until this year that Mohd Azlan Iskandar finally fulfilled his expectations by breaking into the top ten – celebrating a career-high world No10 ranking in March 2011.
The long-awaited achievement came just a few weeks after the 29-year-old from Kuala Lumpur recorded his 14th PSA Tour title success in his 24th final, winning the Bluenose Classic in Canada against expectation.
Iskandar has won six Tour titles in his homeland, but it was his triumph in the 2010 Malaysian Open in July 2010 that cemented his status as Malaysia's top-ranked squash player – ahead of career-long rival Ong Beng Hee.
Celebrating his fourth appearance in the climax of his country’s biggest international Tour event, fourth seed Iskandar defeated rising Egyptian star Tarek Momen 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 to win the title for a third time.
Earlier in the year, Azlan successfully defended his Asian Championship title in India, beating Pakistan rival Aamir Atlas Khan in the final. Later in the year – again away from the PSA Tour – Iskandar consolidated his reputation in the region by winning the Asian Games gold medal for the first time, in China.
And after his early Tour title success in 2011 in Canada, Iskandar went on to enjoy a successful run in the North American Open in Virginia where he beat England’s seventh seed Daryl Selby in the opening round before going on to become one of only two unseeded players in the quarter-finals of the second World Series event of the year.
Back in Kuala Lumpur in March, Iskandar achieved his seeded position in the KL Open – the two-time champion reaching the semi-finals before going down to higher-ranked Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy in four games.