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Low Wee Wern will be out to defend her title at the TC National Championships.
PETALING JAYA: There will be a full women’s draw for the TC National Championships which starts Wednesday as world No. 1 Nicol David’s presence is set to attract the crowd.
Seven-time world champion Nicol won the national title in 2011 but skipped last year’s event.
The Penangite who turned 30 Monday however made an earlier than expected return from Amsterdam to compete in this year’s Nationals in order to get some build-up for the CIMB Malaysian Open which is from Sept 10-15.
Nicol was naturally pleased to learn that the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) has managed to get a full 16 draw for the women’s premier event.
“To have a full draw for the women’s event is clearly a good thing because it means squash is on the right track and it’s good that the Nationals is attracting interest as well,” said Nicol.
“Personally I’m excited to be back and playing in the Nationals because it will serve as a good build-up for the Malaysian Open.
“The opponents are good too as (Low) Wee Wern and Delia (Arnold) will both be playing and there are several top juniors who are in it as well.
“Speaking of juniors, they did a fantastic job at the recent Asian Youth Games (AYG), winning both the boys and girls team event and the Nationals will be a good platform to show what they’re made of. I certainly hope they continue to do well.”
Nicol who is the top seed will face Bukit Jalil Sports School’s Teh Min En in the first round and a win will pit her against Rachel Arnold in the quarter-finals.
Her semi-final opponent is expected to be national No. 3 Delia, who is also Rachel’s older sister.
Defending national champion Wee Wern is the second seed and will face BJSS’ Zoe Foo in the first round.
The 23-year-old should have no problems making the last four and is expected to meet either joint third-fourth seed Zulhijjah Azan or retired former national player Sharon Wee.
In the men’s event, veteran Ong Beng Hee is seeded at No. 1 to defend his title and he starts his campaign with a first round bye.
He should meet Timothy Arnold in the quarter-finals while his semi-final opponent should be joint third-fourth seed Mohd Addeen Idrakie.
A surprise competitor in the men’s premier event will be former world No. 10 Mohd Azlan Iskandar who retired two years ago.
The 31-year-old Azlan is also seeded joint third-fourth and should meet second seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in the semi-finals.
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