Low Wee Wern (front) and Joelle King in a 2012 photo. The duo will meet again at the Greenwich Open final in New York.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian No. 2 Low Wee Wern once again completed another amazing comeback to storm into the final of the Greenwich Open squash championship in New York.
The world No. 6 found herself on the backfoot twice against Hong Kong’s Annie Au, but recovered strongly for a sensational win in five sets on Sunday.
The win was the 23-year-old Wee Wern’s third comeback win of the week, having also fought back to beat England’s Emma Beddoes and Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes in the first round and quarter-finals respectively.
It marks the young Penangite’s first final appearance since last year at the same event.
It was sweet revenge for Wee Wern who lost to Annie in the Asian Championships final last year.
“Annie has such good hands as always and I couldn’t get the ball past her in the first set,” said Wee Wern.
“I played better to win the second but she came out firing in the third and I was always trailing then.
“I had to be more patient in the fourth because there were quite a few long rallies and I needed to hang in there. In the end I got my confidence after moving the ball forward and holding it there, which worked in my favour. I went 8-0 up in the fifth.
“I’m thrilled to win because Annie can change the game with a slight chance with all her lobs and accurate drops. I had to really make sure I didn’t give her any space to manoeuvre.
“I’m happy to be through to the final because I don’t make the semi-finals or finals that often ... and this is my first final since last year’s event here,” added Wee Wern.
She will be extra motivated to win her first title of the year when she goes up against New Zealand’s world No. 5 and second seed Joelle King in the final.
The last time Wee Wern met King was in 2012 at the China Open final, which she won in five sets.
“It’s really been a while since I faced Joelle. The last time we met was also a final, and I’m expecting another tough battle,” said Wee Wern.
“We are also quite close in terms of our level ... she’s ranked fifth and I’m sixth. But she has her coach here so that might give her an advantage.”
Much like Wee Wern, King also had to dig deep before pulling through with a five-setter against American No. 1 Amanda Sobhy.
Meanwhile in Detroit, lanky Aussie No. 1 Cameron Pilley pulled off the upset of the day at the Motor City Open after beating world No. 6 and second seed Karim Darwish 11-3, 14-16, 12-10, 11-6 to reach the semi-finals.
He will meet third seed Peter Barker of England for a place in the final.