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National No.2 Low Wee Wern (left), who lost to compatriot Nicol David in the Tournament of Champions last week, advanced to the quarter-finals of the Greenwich Open in New York on Friday. - SquashPic.com
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern exacted revenge on England’s Emma Beddoes in the first round of the Greenwich Open squash championships in New York on Friday.
Wee Wern, the world No. 6, was in her element as she bounced back to beat Beddoes 12-10, 10-12, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3. The Malaysian was surprisingly beaten by world No. 25 Beddoes in the first round of the Hong Kong Open last month.
For Wee Wern, she was glad to get back to winning ways after losing to world No. 1 Nicol David in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the Tournament of Champions (TOC), also in New York, last week.
“When I lost to Nicol, she was really too sharp and I couldn’t do much against her,” said Wee Wern.
“And I wanted to win this match against Emma since she beat me in Hong Kong. Emma is a top player too and I didn’t start too well today ... I was 2-1 down before I woke up and started playing my own game.
“The turning point was definitely the fourth set when I trailed 1-3. After that I won the fourth and fifth quite easily,” said the 23-year-old Wee Wern.
Wee Wern will meet Nicolette Fernandes in the quarter-finals after the feisty Guyanese turned the tables on fifth seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt with an 11-6, 13-11, 5-11, 9-11, 11-5 win.
“Having made the final here last year, I’m definitely hoping to go far this time especially with top seed Camille Serme having pulled out of the tournament,” said Wee Wern.
“But Nicolette has improved a lot and it will be tough playing her. I’m just going to focus on this match first,” she added.
Joey Chan of Hong Kong was given a slot in the main draw after Serme’s pullout. The 24-year-old Joey made the most of her opportunity by beating Mexico’s Samantha Teran to set up a last-eight clash with compatriot Annie Au.
American Amanda Sobhy, a former world junior champion, recorded the upset of the day by beating fourth seed Dipika Pallikal of India 12-10, 12-10, 8-11, 11-1.
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