Low Wee Wern in a file photo. She went out of the Texas Open quarter-finals after losing to Egypt's Nour El Sherbini 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6.
PETALING JAYA: A poor start put paid to world No. 7 Low Wee Wern’s hopes as she crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Texas Open squash championship on Friday.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern, who is the top seed in Texas, had a daunting task going up against World Championship runner-up Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, who had to qualify for the main draw of the tournament.
And Nour, who was ranked No. 27 in the world last month before leapfrogging to No. 13 following her impressive world meet run, seized the early initiative for the 11-3, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6 win in 46 minutes.
The 18-year-old, who also defeated Wee Wern for the Greenwich Open title last year, came out firing to put the national No. 2 under early pressure, taking the first two games 11-3, 11-8.
Wee Wern fought back with good composure and patience to take the third set 12-10.
But the Penangite was eventually overwhelmed and was drawn into Nour’s fast attacking pace. Wee Wern’s multiple errors in the fourth set saw the Egyptian pull away from 5-5 to clinch a spot in the semi-finals.
Nour, who is set to continue her rise in the rankings, will go on to meet third seed and world No. 6 Camille Serme of France in the last four.
Wee Wern however took the defeat in her stride and has promised to return the favour to Nour when they next meet, which is likely to be at the British Open from May 10-18.
“Nour was just too sharp today and she went for her shots right from the start,” said Wee Wern.
“I wasn’t moving very well in the beginning and it took me a while to find my length and get my shots past her.
“For someone who made the final of the world meet last month, and having beaten Nicol (David), she certainly showed that confidence on court.
“Overall, it wasn’t the best game by my standards and I’ll need to move a lot better against someone like Nour who is so sharp.
“I’ll probably face her again in the first round of the British Open so I’ll be heading home to work on a plan to overcome that,” added Wee Wern, who will return home on Sunday.
In other results, India No. 1 and fourth seed Dipika Pallikal saw off fierce resistance from Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes to win 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-5.
She will go on to meet second seed Madeline Perry, who eliminated qualifier Emma Beddoes 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, for a place in the final.