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Filepic of Low Wee Wern in action at the National Squash Championships last year.
PETALING JAYA: World No. 6 Low Wee Wern is ready to take a risk and compete in the Windy City Open, which starts in Chicago on Tuesday despite not being 100% fit.
The 22-year-old Wee Wern sustained a thigh injury during her loss to Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy in the first round of the Cleveland Classic earlier this month.
With world No.1 and seven-time world champion Nicol David skipping the Windy City Open, Wee Wern believes that it makes the competition a more level playing field as she seeks to strengthen her position in the world’s top eight.
“I am almost recovered, maybe not 100%, but I’ve been working on court already so I think I am good to go,” said Wee Wern.
“I was actually mulling over pulling out because I definitely want to be at my best for the World Championships in Penang (from March 15-23). I only made the decision to book my flight to Chicago three days ago.
“The main reason why I’m taking this risk is because I need the points to consolidate my world ranking as I didn’t do so well at the Cleveland Classic.
“Hong Kong’s Annie Au, on the other hand, played really well there by making the final and there is a chance she might overtake me if I miss the competition in Chicago.
“With the Asian Games this year as well, I definitely can’t afford to slip down the rankings as it could affect the seedings.
“Besides, any tournament that doesn’t have Nicol in it means it’s a good draw and an equal chance for everyone else to win the title.”
Wee Wern will face India’s Dipika Pallikal in the first round. If she wins, she is likely to be up against world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in the quarter-finals.
In Nicol’s absence, world No. 2 Laura Massaro of England has been given the top billing. She meets a qualifier in the first round.
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