ASIAN junior girls’ champion Low Wee Wern has been given top billing in the girls’ Under-19 category in the Milo-All Star junior squash championships at the PJ Astaka from May 28 to June 2.
Wee Wern is expected to meet Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz Ling in the final. The other seeded players — Low Wee Nee, Sarah Cardwell, Christine Nunn, Tamika Saxby, Carmen Lee Ka Man and Rachel Goh — are not expected to pose any problem to Low in her quest for the title.
In the boys’ Under-19 age group, Selangor’s Ng Jo Wen has been seeded second to India’s Ravi Dixit. The seedings were conducted by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) during a public draw in Petaling Jaya recently.
The six-day championships is organised by the Squash Racquets Association of Selangor (SRAS) and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and sanctioned by the SRAM. The sponsors are Milo and Prince.
The championships, offering a total cash purse of RM43,000 has five age groups — Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 — for both boys and girls.
The SRAM are expecting the Malaysian juniors to give a good account in the competition. Besides Low, the other top seeds in the championships are Zoe Foo (girls’ Under-11); Mohd Farez Izwan Mukhtar (boys’ Under -11); Jadeleen Lee (girls’ Under-13), Mohd Syafiq Mohd Kamal (boys’ Under-13); Darren Subramaniam (boys’ Under-15) and Tan Yan Xin (girls’ Under-15).
A total 545 juniors, from 15 countries, have signed up for the championships. Malaysia will have the biggest contingent of 313 players.
The girls’ Under-19 age group was endorsed a Rising Star event by the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) and points will be awarded.
Organising secretary Mary Ong said they were happy with the encouraging response as the championships was easily the biggest junior squash competition in the world.