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Tuesday January 29, 2013
PETALING JAYA: World No. 7 Low Wee Wern delivered another masterclass as she blew away France’s Camille Serme to make the final of the US$35,000 Greenwich Open squash championship in Connecticut, the United States, on Sunday.
Wee Wern, who injured her hamstring when she faced Serme in last month’s Hong Kong Open, had no problems this time as she scored an 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 win.
“I definitely did not expect to make the final ... but it has been a really good start to the year,” said Wee Wern. “Camille was pretty tired after beating top seed Raneem (El Weleily) in the quarter-finals a day earlier.
“I was tired too but I managed to stay in front and had a healthy lead in the first two sets. In a way I was pretty much in control of the match.
“The third set was much closer, up to 7-7 before I managed to score three points in a row which helped me out a lot,” added Wee Wern.
The Penangite will next take on impressive Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini, who crushed Australia’s Kasey Brown 3-0.
“I have not faced Sherbini in years ... maybe four years ago when she was really young,” said Wee Wern.
“She has improved a lot. She’s obviously been playing well, being in the top six. It will be tough but I will definitely give it a go against her.”
While Wee Wern was celebrating her great run, men’s national No. 1 Ong Beng Hee’s title defence of the Motor City Open in Detroit came to an end in the quarter-finals.
The 33-year-old Beng Hee started well against top seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, but the Egyptian’s tenacity and stamina prevailed in the end for a 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 14-12 win in 75 minutes. Shorbagy will face compatriot Amr Shabana for a place in the final. Shabana scored an easy 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 win over Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
The other semi-final is also an all-Egyptian affair between Karim Darwish and Omar Mosaad.
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