Wee Wern bags Under-15 title and hopes to make world junior squad

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang's Low Wee Wern is only 13 but she bagged the girls' Under-15 title of the national schools (MSSM) squash championships in convincing fashion at the NSC Courts in Jalan Duta here yesterday.  

And the pint-sized Wee Wern has a big dream. She harbours hope to make the team for the World Junior Championships, which will be played in Cairo from Aug 17-28. 

Yesterday, the national back-up squad player exacted revenge on teammate Nabilla Ariffin, winning 9-2, 9-6, 9-1. She had lost to Nabilla in the Under-21 Sukpen (Penang Games) final last month. 

“This is my first MSSM Under-15 title. Nabilla is ranked higher than me and I am glad I was able to beat her,” said Wee Wern, who won the Under-13 titles in the 2001 Scottish Open and 2002 Australian and Hong Kong Opens. 

Boosted by her win yesterday, Wee Wern wants to feature in the world junior meet. 

“I am young and I have a few more world junior meet to look forward to but I want to try and make the squad this year,” said Wee Wern, who used to occasionally train and get tips from former national number one and fellow Penangite Nicol David. 

“There are about nine of us fighting for places. Only five will be selected and I hope to be one of them. 

“I can't wait to become a professional player but I have to wait until I am 19. Nicol is a good player and I want to win honours for the country like her.” 

And to keep up with her challenge for a place in the team for the world meet against the more experienced players, Wee Wern will take part in the SportExcel-NSC-MILO National Junior Squash Circuit's Under-19 event this month. 

“I will be up against the big girls and I will try to give them a good fight. This will certainly help raise my standard of play,” she said. 

The others fighting for the five slots in the team for the world junior meet are Lim Yoke Wah, Sally Looi, Delia Arnold, June Tiong, Jo Ann Jee, Nabilla, Munirah Ariffin and Shanny Ong. 

Yesterday, Sally defeated Yoke Wah 8-10, 8-10, 9-7, 9-3, 9-4 to win the MSSM Under-18 title. 

The Wee Wern family came close to winning a double. But younger sister Wee Nee lost 0-9, 4-9, 0-9 to teammate Nesserine Ariffin in the Under-12 final. 

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