Wee Wern hampered again by injury on left knee

  • Squash
  • Friday, 04 Mar 2016

Low Wee Wern (right) returning the ball to Delia Arnold (left) during their final match women's premier division of the national squash championship at National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: There’s good news and bad news for national No. 3 squash player Low Wee Wern.

The bad news is that she has injured her left knee again at last week’s Windy City Open and may miss the prestigious British Open from March 19-27.

The 25-year-old Wee Wern, who missed seven months of action after a surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to her left knee last April, fell heavily in her first-round loss at the Windy City Open in Chicago.

She went for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan on Tuesday and was told she has bone marrow edema – a condition where fluid is found within the bone – in her left knee.

But the good news for Wee Wern is that she has been given a wildcard to compete at the Women’s World Championship in Kuala Lumpur from April 23-30.

“It’s really hard to tell how long it will take before the swelling goes off. I’m on medicine and supplements now. I’m not sure if I’ll be ready to play at the British Open. It’s frustrating because there’s not much I can do,” said world No. 35 Wee Wern.

The Penangite added that she was grateful to World Championship organiser – Mohd Azlan Iskandar – for granting her a wildcard.

“It would be nice to play in front of the Malaysian crowd again. I hope to make it,” said the former world No. 5.

Azlan said the wildcard was to help Wee Wern get back on her feet in world squash.

“It was a choice between Wee Wern or Rachel (Arnold). Since Wee Wern was out of action for so long, we gave her the wildcard to help her earn some ranking points,” said Azlan.

Besides Wee Wern, the other Malaysians playing in the main draw are eight-time world champion Nicol David and national No. 2 Delia Arnold.

Nicol has been given the second seed while Delia is seeded 15th.

Eight other Malaysians – Rachel, Teh Min Jie, Vanessa Raj, S. Sivasangari, Andrea Lee, Zoe Foo, Aika Azman and Nazihah Hanis – will compete in the qualifying rounds.

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