PETALING JAYA: Former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern (pic) has missed a lot of squash after sitting out on the sidelines due to injury for more than a year.
But her waiting game will soon be over when the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) named her in the squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April yesterday.
The 27-year-old, who has been recuperating from a second knee surgery, last competed in the National Championships in November 2016 where she finished as runner-up to Delia Arnold.
Wee Wern, who has slipped to No. 206 in the world, is eagerly awaiting her return to action.
“My recovery has been going well. I had an initial test with the National Sports Institute (NSI) before Christmas and I have one final test at the end of this month before I’m cleared for action again,” said a relieved Wee Wern.
“I’m already back in training although I’m a little more cautious this time ... I just can’t twist and turn as well as I used to.
“But I’m glad to be included in the Commonwealth Games squad even though I’m not really given a target for it.
“The Games is a platform for me to get back to playing squash at a high level. It’s an opportunity to play against some of the top girls, especially since my ranking is so low right now.
“More importantly though, I’m learning to manage my expectations this time. I want to get used to my timing and adapt myself to playing properly instead of rushing it,” added Wee Wern.
Besides Wee Wern, the Commonwealth Games squad will also include world No. 6 Nicol David, world No. 45 S. Sivasangari and world No. 52 Rachel Arnold.
The men are Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan, Ng Eain Yow, Ivan Yuen, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Sanjay Singh Chal.
Wee Wern is only down to compete in the singles alongside Nicol and Sivasangari. For the women’s doubles, Rachel will team up with Sivasangari while Nicol will be on double duty – besides the singles, she’s playing mixed doubles with Sanjay.