Low Wee Wern (right), who defeated fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold in the first round of the British Open in Hull on Monday, has made it to the quarter-finals after beating local hope Emma Beddoes in five sets on Wednesday. - SquashSite.co.uk
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern finally reached the women’s quarter-finals of the British Open squash championships.
The 23-year-old Wee Wern, always a first-round casualty in the world’s oldest squash tournament, got over the hurdle after a titanic 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-9 win over Emma Beddoes of England in Wednesday’s second round.
It was world No. 8 Wee Wern’s second five setter, having struggled to get past fellow Malaysian Delia Arnold in the first round on Tuesday.
With world No. 1 and compatriot Nicol David by her courtside, Wee Wern got off promisingly by taking the opening two sets. She, however, fell apart in the next two.
In the final set, Wee Wern surged to a 9-7 lead but Beddoes, who stunned world No. 7 Nour El Sherbini of Egypt in the opening round, fought back to level at 9-9. Luckily for Wee Wern, she recovered her composure to win the next two points to seal her place in the last eight.
“It was a brutal and scrappy match. I was not very comfortable on the court as I was struggling to find my length,” said Wee Wern.
“Emma played so well and was full of confidence after beating Nour.
“In the fifth, I just dug deep after she levelled at 9-9. I told myself to get one point at a time and I’m glad I’m in the quarter-finals for the first time.
“But I must thank Nicol as she took time off today to come and help me since I don’t have my coach with me,” added Wee Wern.
Wee Wern’s next opponent is Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily, who defeated Australia’s Kasey Brown 11-5, 11-6, 11-3.
Nicol, who beat Egypt’s Heba El Torky 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 in the first round, will play England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the second round on Thursday.