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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 5:56:00 PM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 5:57:53 PM
by kng zheng guan
Low Wee Wern (right) was the only player to have taken a set off world No. 1 Nicol David at the recent Malaysian Open.
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern has struggled of late but coach Aaron Soyza is not going to push the panic button just yet.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern suffered poor results at the KL Open in March and the British Open in May.
In the recently-concluded Malaysia Open, she failed to equal last year’s feat of reaching the semi-finals.
But she did push world No. 1 Nicol David to four sets before losing at the National Championships.
She was unlucky to be drawn against Nicol again at the Malaysian Open but she still gave the seven-time world champion a massive fight before bowing out in four sets again in the last eight.
In fact, Wee Wern was the only player to have taken a set off Nicol at the Malaysian Open.
And Aaron, who has coached Wee Wern since her junior days, believes that she is still very much on the right track despite a few disappointing results this year.
“She has been playing really well ... it’s just bad luck that she drew Nicol in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open,” said Aaron.
“Although she did not equal last year’s semi-final achievement, there is no danger of her slipping down the rankings.
“It’s true that there are fewer Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour events on the calendar, but that also means all the other players are equally affected.
“I feel that whoever could have overtaken Wee Wern pretty much fared equally or worse at the Malaysian Open.
“The only one who can really benefit is Camille Serme but she’s at No. 12 now and there’s too big a gap for her to catch up.
“We’ll continue working on Wee Wern’s game.”
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