PETALING JAYA: Former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern’s (pic) agonising wait is over as she is finally cleared to play by the National Sports Institute (NSI).
The 27-year-old, who has undergone a series of complications in her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, was initially scheduled for a comeback in March.
But the Penangite failed a strength test which delayed her return. This resulted in her missing out on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last month.
Wee Wern underwent another test on April 25 before finally getting the green light yesterday.
“I finally got the clearance today. It’s really a big relief because I’ve completed all the testing that was required of me,” said Wee Wern.
“It’s been a very frustrating period for me. Physically I’ve been ready to play for the last few months.
“Now, I don’t have to worry about any tests anymore and just focus on my squash and get my career back on track.”
The downside for Wee Wern however is that she has to start from scratch – right from the bottom of the world rankings.
The world No. 244 Wee Wern will be unable to make the cut for any significant tournaments and her first competition will only be the National Championships from July 4-8.
It is certainly a big challenge for Wee Wern as she needs to do well in the national meet, which also serves as the selection for the Jakarta Asian Games in August.
“It’s really hard to get into tournaments with my rankings. I have to start from the bottom,” admitted Wee Wern.
“I’ve planned for a tournament in Paris in July but it falls on the same week as the nationals.
“There’s really no pressure on me but I do want to do well since it’s also the Asian Games selections. And only the top two get to compete in the individual event,” added Wee Wern.
Eight-time world champion Nicol David is expected to return for the nationals, including other Asian Games hopefuls such as national No. 2 S. Sivasangari, Rachel Arnold and youngster Aifa Azman.