Sharon, Nicol head for Amsterdam

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  • Saturday, 01 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian squash star Sharon Wee is off to Amsterdam, Holland to join compatriot Nicol David in training. 

And together, the two have vowed to improve on their world rankings and keep the Malaysian flag flying high in international tournaments. 

FRIENDS AND FOE: Nicol (left) and Sharon left for Armsterdam Friday for a three-month training stint.

Yesterday, both the 25-year-old Sharon and Nicol left for Amsterdam to train at the Elite Squash Academy Amsterdam run by Australia's former world number two squash player Liz Living. 

They will be stationed there for three months and, at the same time, they will compete in several Open tournaments in United States and Egypt. They will return in June. 

Sharon, who is currently the highest ranked Malaysian woman player at No 26, just one rung ahead of Nicol, said she was looking forward to her overseas stints and training together with former number one Nicol. 

“Although I went to Amsterdam last year, it was just a familiarisation stint for me then. This time, I will be there for a longer time and, for the first time, I will be training alongside Nicol,” said Sharon. 

“In the past, we did not really get to train together because Nicol was based in Penang. We were only able to play with each other during centralised training before some major tournaments.” 

Sharon said she relished the healthy competition between the two of them. 

“I am very happy to be ranked as the top player in the country now. In Amsterdam, both of us will be working hard to beat each other. Nicol is also determined to do well this year and I am looking forward to the healthy competition but I want to remain as the number one in the country,” she said. 

Sharon is also expected to gain valuable training exposure through quality sparring sessions with several other top players in the world at the Academy.  

Among the top players in the academy are Holland's Vanessa Atkinson, ranked sixth in the world, Australian Natalie Grinham (10th), Denmark's Ellen Petersen (19th) and Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu (25th).  

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