Low Wee Wern lost to Egypt's Raneem El Weilely in the quarter-finals of the Windy City Open on Saturday in Chicago. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: It was a double blow for Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern as her ranking dropped one rung to seventh in the latest world rankings list after losing in the Windy City Open in Chicago.
The Penangite, at world No. 6 last month, lost 8-11, 5-11, 6-11 in 33 minutes to world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Second seed El Weleily will face Joelle King of New Zealand in the semi-finals. Lanky King ended the fine run of qualifier Emma Beddoes of England with an 11-4, 10-12, 11-5, 9-11, 11-2 victory.
Wee Wern, 23, said that she gave her best against Raneem in the first set but just could not sustain her form.
“I made some errors in the second set. I tried my best in the third to make a comeback but Raneem took control of the set to win the match,” she added.
Wee Wern, however, was not too disappointed for sliding to seventh in the world.
“I am still pleased with my ranking. But it’s going to be a challenge to break into top five in the world.”
Seventh seed Camille Serme of France created the only upset of the day by beating world No. 4 and third seed Alison Waters of England 11-4, 14-12, 11-6. Serme will meet top seed and world No. 2 Laura Massaro of England for a place in the final.
Massaro stayed on course for her first title of the season with a hard-fought 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7 win over Asian champion Annie Au of Hong Kong.
In the men’s division, German Simon Rosner’s fine run came to a halt in the hands of second seed Gregory Gaultier of France. Rosner, who upset seventh seed Borja Golan of Spain in the second round, lost 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 9-11.
Gaultier will meet fourth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt while top seed Nick Matthew of England will take on another Egyptian, third seeded Ramy Ashour, in the other semi-final.