Two of Penang's finest squash players, World no.1 Nicol David (right) and 6th ranked Low Wee Wern will play in the Women's World Championships in front of a home crowd in March. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Nicol David is not the only one excited about the Women’s World Squash Championships being held in Penang from March 14-21.
National No. 2 Low Wee Wern is just as ecstatic about the chance to compete alongside her fellow Penangite and childhood idol.
“It’s really happening ... this is too good to be true,” said Wee Wern.
“I don’t get to play in Penang that often. I was too young when the world junior meet was held in Penang in 2001. I watched Nicol play and she has been a real inspiration to all of us from Penang.
“Now I’ll have a chance to compete in the same world meet with her in front of our home crowd. I’m definitely very excited.”
The world No. 6 will now head to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) in New York in high spirits. The tournament will be held at the Grand Central Station from Jan 20.
Wee Wern is hoping to break into the top five of the world rankings this year.
“Being sixth in the world is also good for me because it’ll reduce the chances of me meeting Nicol in the first round,” said the 23-year-old Wee Wern.
“I can’t wait for the TOC to start because I’ve never played in New York, much less, the Grand Central Station.
“I know it is an amazing set-up, having seen pictures online and I really want to be a part of it, even though it’s freezing in New York right now.”
Wee Wern is seeded eighth and faces local player Latasha Khan in the first round.
A win will see Wee Wern setting up a quarter-final clash with Nicol, who starts against a qualifier in her opening round.
In the men’s event, national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee will shoulder the Malaysian challenge, which starts on Jan 17.
He opens against South Africa’s Stephen Coppinger and a win will set him up against second seed and reigning world champion Nick Matthew of England.