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Low Wee Wern: ' I’m facing a qualifier in the first round but it can be really tricky because the pressure will be on me to perform.'
PETALING JAYA: The United States is by no means national No. 2 squash player Low Wee Wern’s favourite hunting ground.
The world No. 6 has generally fared poorly there, losing in the first round of the Carol Weymuller and US Opens last year.
She is, however, on a good run of form recently and, with a solid stretch of training over the past weeks, is optimistic of a better performance in the United States, when the Carol Weymuller meet is held from Oct 1-6 in New York.
“I’m definitely playing well lately and I’ve had a good training programme since losing to Nicol (David) in the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open,” said Wee Wern.
“Aaron (Soyza, my coach) has been working a lot on my consistency ... I’ve been learning to break down opponents in long stretches.
“He’s also put me through cross-country running ... this is to achieve the fatigue level when cramps start to kick in.
“So, overall, I would say that I’ve had good preparations. Since I’ll be in New York earlier, it’ll be better for me to adapt to the court conditions.”
The 23-year-old Wee Wern is already in the United States where she’ll compete in two exhibition matches with Australia’s Kasey Brown in Seattle and Vancouver before the tournament begins.
The Penangite will certainly need to adapt quickly because she has been handed a rather tough draw – meeting world No. 2 Laura Massaro of England in the quarter-finals.
“I’m facing a qualifier in the first round but it can be really tricky because the pressure will be on me to perform,” said Wee Wern.
“As for Laura, I actually prefer to take her on because her style of play is more basic compared to the likes of Raneem (El Weleily).
“The courts in the US are different from the ones here in Malaysia ... so the bounce will be different.”
World No. 1 Nicol will also be in the fray in the Carol Weymuller tournament and she faces Australia’s Donna Urquhart in the first round.
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