World No.7 squash player Low Wee Wern (left) will visit Papua New Guiness in May as part of her stint as a World Squash Federation ambassador. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 squash player Low Wee Wern’s defeat at the recent Women’s World Championship in Penang was a bitter pill to swallow.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern blew four match-ball opportunities against eventual world champion and world No. 2 Laura Massaro of England as she went down in five sets in the quarter-finals in front of her home crowd.
But despite the loss, the world No. 7 is slowly gaining the global recognition akin to that of world No. 1 and fellow Penangite Nicol David as she has been selected for the World Squash Federation (WSF) Ambassador Programme to Papua New Guinea from May 30-June 1 together with Australian men’s No. 1 Cameron Pilley.
The programme is an initiative kick-started by the WSF three years ago with the goal of reaching out to a global squash community.
Last year, Nicol and men’s world No. 3 Mohamed El Shorbagy were part of the programme that took them to Panama and Venezuela.
Wee Wern, who will play in the Texas Open on Thursday, said that it is an honour to do her part for the sport.
“I’m really honoured to be a part of this because not everyone is given a chance to visit a remote place and show kids what squash is all about,” said Wee Wern.
“Nicol has and will always be a great ambassador for the sport and I am really happy to be a part of it too.
“And since the event is after the British Open (May 10-18), it will be a good and refreshing break for me.
“Giving back to the sport and meeting kids would also help broaden my own horizon and experience.”
Meanwhile, Wee Wern is all ready to put the disappointment of the world meet behind her when she begins her Texas Open campaign against English world No. 18 Sarah-Jane Perry in the first round.
Wee Wern is the top seed and is boosted by news that two more top English players – world No. 5 Alison Waters and world No. 10 Jenny Duncalf – have both withdrawn injured.
However, she is not taking things for granted, especially with on-form French woman Camille Serme and Egypt’s former world No. 4 Omneya Abdel Kawy also in her half of the draw.
“Honestly, even though I’m the top seed, it doesn’t change much because the draw is still more or less the same,” said Wee Wern.
“In fact I think it is actually tougher to have Omneya as a potential quarter-final opponent instead of Jenny especially since I lost to her in the first round at the Cleveland Classic in February.
“But I don’t even want to think so far ahead because Sarah-Jane in the first round is already tough. She is big and tall and it’ll be hard trying to run past her.”