Low Wee Wern (left) was defeated by Sarah-Jane Perry of England in the Malaysian Open last week.
KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 7 Low Wee Wern’s poor form has continued to haunt her in the Hong Kong Open squash championships.
A week ago, the Penangite was upset by world No. 17 Sarah-Jane Perry of Ireland in the second round of the Malaysian Open.
On Thursday, the Malaysian was again upset in the second round – this time by world No. 25 Nour El Tayeb of Egypt.
Nour, who was the runner-up in the Malaysian Open, won 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-5 in 74 minutes.
Wee Wern’s rankings is expected to drop next month after the two back-to-back tournament losses.
Wee Wern’s coach Aaron Soyza, who is with her in Hong Kong, believes that she needs help to improve her game and confidence for next month’s Incheon Asian Games.
Malaysia are eyeing two golds in the women’s individual and team event in the Asiad.
Defending champion Nicol David, meanwhile, advanced into the quarter-finals with a 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7 win over Emma Beddoes of England.
Nicol said that she didn’t have too much problem in the first two sets but “Emma gave her best in the next two”.
“She did well to play some good shots in the third set. She gave a tough fight in the fourth but I raised my game to beat her,” said Nicol, who will be facing local player Joey Chan in the last eight.
World No. 23 Joey stunned world No. 12 and seventh seed Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt 11-8, 13-11, 11-7 in 31 minutes.
Joey, a quarter-finalists in the Hong Kong Open in 2011, was delighted with her win over Omneya.
“Omneya is very talented. I’m happy to win and am really glad to get into the quarters again. I look forward to playing Nicol again,” said Joey.
Veteran Rachael Grinham of Australia came back from a set down to upset world No. 9 and local ace Annie Au 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-9 in 41 minutes.
The 37-year-old Grinham, ranked 14th in the world, will face reigning world champion and world No. 2 Laura Massaro of England for a place in the semi-finals.
Massaro, the silver medallist in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, fought hard to beat Egypt’s Nouran Gohar 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9.