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Low Wee Wern beat Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes in four sets to reach the semi-finals of the Greenwich Open in New York on Saturday. - BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern clawed her way back from a set down to book her place in the semi-finals of the US$35,000 (RM116,662) Greenwich Open squash championship in New York on Saturday.
Wee Wern, who trailed 1-2 and then forced to fight back to beat England’s Emma Beddoes in the first round, once again started slowly before waking up to douse the fire of Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes. The Malaysian world No. 6 won 3-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-5.
“We played at a different venue. It took me a while to find my length on the court. I lost the first set before I even knew it,” said Wee Wern.
“I improved my game in the second to level it. The turning point came in the third set.
“Nicolette was sharp and I made a couple of errors to trail 3-9. But I stuck to my game plan and managed to win the set.
“It was still close in the fourth. It was tied at 5-5 before I pulled away. I’m definitely happy with the way I turned it around,” added the 23-year-old Penangite.
Wee Wern, who lost to Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in last year’s final, will face Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the semi-finals.
And Wee Wern is all fired up to win the clash, especially since she lost to the crafty left-hander in the final of the Asian Championships last year.
“I’ve not beaten her recently and I’m really looking forward to getting one over her this time,” said Wee Wern.
Meanwhile, home favourite Amanda Sobhy continued her giant-killing form by knocking out title holder Sherbini in five sets.
Sobhy, the 2011 world junior champion who dumped fourth seed Dipika Pallikal of India in the first round, won 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 to set up a last four clash with second seed Joelle King of New Zealand.
World No. 5 King was stretched to the limits by Sarah-Jane Perry of England before winning 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9.
At the Motor City Open in Detroit, men’s national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s challenge came to an end when he lost a mammoth 90-minute first round battle to Egypt’s world No. 10 Omar Mosaad.
Beng Hee, who won the Motor City title in 2012, lost 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 9-11.
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