Wee Wern aims to bridge gap with seniors at KL Open

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top women’s junior squash player Low Wee Wern will be using next month’s CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open to further reduce the gap between her and the top senior players. 

Wee Wern is among four junior players who have been selected by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) for the qualifying tournament of the KL Open. 

Wee Wern’s younger sister Wee Nee, Rachael Goh, Nessirine Ariffin and Zulhijah Azan are the other four junior players taking part. 

The KL Open will be held from the March 13-17. 

The qualifying tournament and first round of the main draw will be at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil from March 13-14 while the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be held at the Lower Ground Floor, Concourse area, Berjaya Times Square from March 15-17. 

It will be Wee Wern’s second senior tournament after the Penang Open last year. 

In the Penang Open, she also played in the qualifying tournament but failed to reach the main draw. 

“The KL Open is certainly a bigger event compared to the Penang Open. Nearly all the top women’s players in the world are taking part,” said Wee Wern. 

“The qualifying tournament also has many players who are ranked in the top 20 of the world rankings. There are 16 players in the qualifying tournament and only four will qualify to the main draw. I believe it’s going to be tough for me. 

“I am ranked in 12th spot in the qualifying tournament and I will mostly likely will end up playing Shelley Kitchen of New Zealand, the world number 14 in the first round of the qualifying tournament. 

“There is no pressure on me so I’m just going there to learn as much as possible,” she said. “I will be leading the world junior women’s team in Hong Kong in August so it’s best that I get to play some high level matches before that,” said the 17-year-old. 

Meanwhile, Wee Wern has also started weight training last month to increase power in her shots. 

“Last year, I was too young to start weight training. It’s been a month now, I can slowly feel the difference in my shots.”  

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