Low Wee Wern at the Malaysian Open recently. -Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 2 Low Wee Wern is slowly but surely getting back her confidence.
The world No. 7, who suffered defeats in the second round of the Malaysian Open and Hong Kong Open last month, has enjoyed a good start in the China Open in Shanghai.
The third-seeded 24-year-old Penangite defeated Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 in 42 minutes in the first round to set up a quarter-final date with sixth seed Jenny Duncalf of England.
Duncalf had no problem packing off local player and wildcard Gu Jinyue 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 in 23 minutes.
Wee Wern said that “I played well and steady throughout the match”.
“It was a great start and I’m looking forward to playing much better against Jenny in the quarter-finals. Jenny has been playing well but I’ve beaten her once ... I believe I can do it again,” said Wee Wern.
Another Malaysian, qualifier Delia Arnold, however, failed to clear the first round after going down 4-11, 12-10, 8-11, 3-11 to top seed Camille Serme of France.
Serme will face eighth seed Sarah Kippax of England for a place in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, two teenage Egyptian qualifiers – Salma Hany Ibrahim and Nouran Gohar – created upsets in the first round.
The 18-year-old Salma, of Alexandria, scored the biggest win of her career when she stunned world No. 6 and second seed Alison Waters of England 11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 11-3 to set up a quarter-final clash against fifth seed Dipika Pallikal of India.
The 16-year-old Nouran, of Cairo, downed world No. 15 and seventh seed Rachael Grinham of Australia 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7 and will meet fourth seed Annie Au of Hong Kong next.