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Tuesday October 22, 2013 MYT 3:49:00 PM
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by aftar singh
Low Wee Wern (right) and Nicol David in a file photo. Both Malaysians will be taking part in the China Open which begins on Thursday.
KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern left for Shanghai on Monday midnight with a heavy heart. The Penangite is defending her China Open squash title which begins Thursday as she worries about her dad.
The 23-year-old’s father Eric Low, 58, has been hospitalised at Hospital Kuala Lumpur due to liver cancer since last week.
Wee Wern said that she was informed that her dad was in a coma when she was in Philadelphia playing in US Open squash championships last week.
“I only arrived in KL from US on Monday morning and immediately went to see my dad. I was in a dilemma as to whether to compete or skip the China Open.
“I feel a bit relieved as my dad’s condition has improved now and I have decided to to play in the China Open,” said Wee Wern, who had a splendid outing in the US Open, managing to reach the semi-finals.
Wee Wern, who lost to Raneem El Weleily in the first round of US Open last year, played her heart out to stun the Egyptian world No. 3 player 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the championships last week.
In the semi-finals, world No. 7 Wee Wern came close to creating another upset win before going down 3-2 to world No. 2 Laura Massaro.
For the China Open, Wee Wern, who is in the bottom half of the draw, will open her campaign against a qualifier on Thursday.
Waiting for Wee Wern in the quarter-finals is second seed Raneem, who stunned world No. 1 Nicol David in the final to win the Cleveland Classic title in February.
Wee Wern said that she would face a tough task in retaining the title because she is worried about her dad.
“And furthermore Raneem definitely would be going all out to get the better of me in the quarter-finals.
“The pressure still will be on Raneem as she is ranked higher than me. Despite what I am going through, I will still give my best against her,” said Wee Wern.
Nicol, who defended her US Open title successfully last week, is the top seed for the China Open and will be gunning for her fourth consecutive title this year.
The seven-time world champion, who won the Malaysian Open last month and the Carol Weymuller Open early this month, did not feature in the China Open last year after failing to get a visa.
Nicol will face local player Li Donglin in the first round.
She is expected to face seventh seed Madeline Perry of Ireland in the quarter-finals and third seed Alison Waters of England in the semi-finals.
Another Malaysian, national no. 3 Delia Arnold will feature in the qualifying rounds.
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