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Published: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 8:53:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 9:00:52 PM

Wee Wern avoids Nicol in C’wealth squash draw

Low Wee Wern (right) has been given the fifth seeding at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games starting next week. - Filepic

Low Wee Wern (right) has been given the fifth seeding at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games starting next week. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Low Wee Wern got her wish as she avoided compatriot and world No. 1 Nicol David in the Commonwealth Games.

Wee Wern, the world No. 7 is seeded fifth in the singles and has been placed in the bottom half of the draw, away from defending champion Nicol who is in the top half.

But that is as good as it gets as Wee Wern has been pitted in the same half as world No. 2 and reigning world champion Laura Massaro of England.

The Penangite who turns 24 on July 25, receives a first round bye before taking on Eilidh Bridgeman of Cayman Islands.

She is expected to face Wales’ Tesni Evans in the third round before taking on Massaro in the quarter-finals.

In March, Wee Wern nearly got the better of Massaro before letting slip the advantage in the fourth set to lose in five sets in the quarter-finals of the World Championship.

“It’s still a very tough draw but I guess it’s better than facing Nicol,” admitted Wee Wern.

“I’m still not 100% ready as I’ve only just recovered from dengue but my main goal was always to avoid Nicol. I just got to make the most of the chances in my second Games.

“I still have some time before the matches and I’m working hard on my technique with my coach Aaron (Soyza),” added Wee Wern.

Meanwhile seven-time world champion Nicol should ease into the last eight to face England’s Jenny Duncalf in a repeat of the final four years ago.

A win would then pit her against New Zealand’s third seed Joelle King.

In women’s doubles, Nicol-Wee Wern, who are seeded fourth, are drawn in Pool Four together with India’s Dipika Pallikal-Joshna Chinappa, New Zealand’s Megan Craig-Kylie Lindsay and Sri Lanka’s Mihiliya Methsarani-Nadindhi Udangawe.

Meanwhile men’s national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee has been given the green light to compete in Glasgow by the National Sports Institute (NSI) after successfully recovering from a knee injury.

Beng Hee, who is seeded eighth, will take on Zambia’s Kelvin Ndhlovu in the first round and is expected to reach the quarter-finals to set up a clash with Asian No.1 and fourth seed Saurav Ghosal of India.

Tags / Keywords: Low Wee Wern, Nicol David, squash, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Laura Massaro, Joelle King

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