PETALING JAYA: National women’s number two squash player Sharon Wee has decided to shift her training base from Amsterdam to Antwerp before the end of October.
Sharon, who trains under Liz Irwing in Amsterdam, said that her decision to train in Antwerp under Australian Shaun Maxham was a bid to improve her performance on the professional circuit.
However, the move is not confirmed because it has yet to be approved by the National Sports Council (NSC).
Maxham is an established coach and one of the players under his wings is former world No 1 and British Open champion David Palmer of Australia.
“Basically, I need a change. I believe the shift to Antwerp is a positive move,” said Sharon, who emerged as runner-up in the singles competition of the Asian Championships here last month.
“I had two training stints with Shaun for 10 days and I feel comfortable training under him.
“I have already submitted my proposal to the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) and they will submit the proposal to NSC very soon.
“The expenses for training will be same. The only difference is that the cost of living will increase. If I move to Antwerp, I have to rent a room on my own.
“In Amsterdam, it’s cheaper because I am sharing a place with Nicol David, who also trains with Liz.”
Sharon, who is ranked 29th in the women’s world rankings, is confident doing well in the Singapore Women’s Open, which starts at the Kallang Squash Centre tomorrow.
“My initial target is to reach the semi-finals,” said Sharon, who is seeded third for the competition.
She is drawn to meet to Singaporean Joannah Yue of Singapore in the first round.
She is expected to meet second seed Latasha Khan of the US in the semi-final. Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong is the top seed.
“I need some good results to boost my confidence. The Singapore Open looks like a good opportunity,” said Sharon.
Four other Malaysians competing in the Singapore Open are Tricia Chuah, Sally Looi, Lim Yoke Wah and Delia Arnold. All four have to play in the qualifying rounds.