Sharon ready to pounce on Rebecca


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  • Thursday, 22 Jan 2004

BY AFTAR SINGH

KUALA LUMPUR: National number two women's squash player Sharon Wee's Chinese New Year wish is just to get the better of her nemesis Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong. 

And she will get a chance to do so in the Kuala Lumpur Open at the National Sports Council (NSC) squash courts in Jalan Duta from Feb 12-15. 

Sharon, who is ranked 21st in the world, is seeded sixth for the tournament and will face a qualifier in the first round.  

The 26-year-old Malacca lass is expected to face world number 19 and fourth seed Rebecca, in the quarter-finals. 

Rebecca, the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold medallist, meanwhile, will face world number 32 Tegwen Malik of Wales in the first round.  

Sharon has faced Rebecca four times in her career and only managed to win once, in the Singapore Open in 2000.  

Now, the Malaysian is out to beat her “number one enemy” when she comes to Kuala Lumpur. 

“I want to avenge my defeat in the semi-finals of the Busan Asian Games.  

“Rebecca also defeated my teammate Nicol (David) in the final then. 

“Beating her in the KL Open will boost my confidence of defeating her again in the Asian Championship in June,'' said Sharon, who will be celebrating Chinese New Year in Malacca. 

A win over Rebecca in the quarter-finals would also set up an all-Malaysian final between Sharon and world number 10 Nicol in the semi-final.  

The 20-year-old Nicol, meanwhile, has avenged her Busan defeat, beating Rebecca in the Seattle Open in 2002 and also the Salt Lake Open last year. 

Sharon said her target this year was to reach the final of the Asian Squash championships. 

“I want it to be an all-Malaysian final and it would be nice to play Nicol in the final.  

“Besides, I also hope to break into top 20 by end of this year. 

“My performance last year was just above average but, this year, I hope to do well in the professional circuits,'' said Sharon. 

Sharon will also play in the Qatar Open next month from Feb 24-28 and Washington Open from March 4-7, before she leaves for another three-month training stint in Amsterdam under former world champion Liz Irving of Australia.  

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