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Published: Tuesday July 22, 2014 MYT 4:42:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday July 23, 2014 MYT 3:39:51 PM

Fighter Wee Wern vows to beat Massaro

GLASGOW: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern is well known for her never-say-die attitude.

And the Penangite, who will turn 24 on Friday, has one birthday wish: to end her losing streak against England’s world champion Laura Massaro.

Wee Wern always gives 100% in competitions and has scalped players ranked in the world’s top-five in her career so far.

Last October, Wee Wern came back from a set down to stun world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in the quarter-finals of the US Open in Philadelphia.

In 2011, she defeated England’s Jenny Duncalf who was the world No. 2 then in the second round of the Hong Kong Open, and Massaro, then the world No. 5, in the second round of the Qatar Classic.

Now, world No. 7 Wee Wern wants to go beyond the quarter-finals in the individual event in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The squash event begins on Thursday at the Scotstoun Sports Arena.

Wee Wern, who is the fifth seed, will open her campaign against Eilidh Bridgeman of Cayman Islands.

She is expected to overcome Tesni Evans of Wales in the second round and set up a date with second seed Massaro in the quarter-finals.

Wee Wern said she would go all out to get the better of Massaro.

“I lost to her in five sets twice – in the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Penang in March and the semi-finals of the US Open last October,” said Wee Wern, who is featuring in her second Commonwealth Games.

“This time I have vowed to give more than 100% as I really want to beat her in the quarter-finals.

“I just need to stay focused and believe in myself,” said Wee Wern, who will also play in the doubles with Nicol David, who is the defending champion and top seed in the individual event.

Wee Wern hopes to win a medal in the doubles as well after bagging the bronze in the recent Tri-Nation Doubles tournament in Kuala Lumpur.

“Nicol and I are seeded fourth in the doubles and we have a good chance of winning a medal,” said Wee Wern.

Massaro and Duncalf are the top seeds in the women’s doubles, with Australia’s Rachael Grinham-Kasey Brown the second seeds and England’s Alison Waters-Emma Beddoes seeded third.

Tags / Keywords: Low Wee Wern, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, Nicol David, Laura Massaro, Jenny Duncalf

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