Low Wee Wern in a file photo. She should face giant-killer Nour El Sherbini of Egypt in the second round of the British Open.
KUALA LUMPUR: The British Open squash championships has not been kind to national No. 2 Low Wee Wern.
In the last two editions, the Penangite was shown the exit in the first round.
She lost to Alison Waters of England in 2012 and last year she was beaten by another Englishwoman, Sarah-Jane Perry.
But, the plucky Wee Wern refuses to give up.
This year, she is keeping her fingers crossed and hoping for a better performance in the Open, which begins on May 12 at the Sports Arena in Hull.
Wee Wern, seeded seventh, will start her campaign against a qualifier in the first round but she can expect a daunting second round, where she will most likely face teenager Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, who is seeded 13th.
The 18-year-old Nour, a three-time world junior champion, created the biggest upset of her career by stunning seven-time world champion Nicol David in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Championship in Penang in March.
Nour will meet Emma Beddoes of England in the first round.
Wee Wern expects to face a torrid time against Nour, whom she lost to in the Texas Open quarter-finals last month.
“Although Nour is in top form, I will try my best to stop her in the second round.
“I can expect a closely-contested match against her. I also hope to go beyond the second round this time after a disappointing outing the last two years,” said Wee Wern, who dropped one rung to eighth in the May world rankings.
Top seed and two-time champion Nicol will also face a qualifier in the first round of the women’s competition, which offers a total prize money of US$100,000 (RM324,000).
In Nicol’s top half of the draw are fifth seed Alison and fourth seed Joelle King of New Zealand.
Last year, Nicol lost to England’s Laura Massaro in the final.
Massaro, who won her first world title in March, will open her campaign against Joey Chan of Hong Kong.
In the men’s competition, which offers a total purse of US$150,000 (RM487,000), Malaysia’s top two players Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Ong Beng Hee are starting from the qualifying rounds.
The top seed is two-time champion Nick Matthew of England, while last year’s losing finalist Gregory Gaultier of France is the second seed.
Defending champion Ramy Ashour of Egypt is seeded third.