KUALA LUMPUR: Former world No. 4 Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt brought along her 10-month-old son to watch her play in the women’s Malaysian Open squash championships.
Her main challenge will be to live up to her billing to win her first ever Malaysian Open title after being out of action for more than a year.
Omneya took a break from squash to give birth to her son Selim Ahmed Said last September.
The former world junior champion made a comeback to play in the El Gouna International Open in Egypt in April and she lost to Joey Chan of Hong Kong in straight sets in the first round in 19 minutes.
The 32-year-old Omneya, who will play qualifier Aika Azman in the first round, said she did not have a good outing in the El Gouna Open as she was physically not up to her mark.
“But I am looking forward to playing well in the Malaysian Open as I am physically and mentally prepared for the meet.
“I have been focusing a lot on my physical strength and I am also ready to take on any player in the Malaysian Open,” she said. Omneya said it is a tough draw but her mission is to win her first Malaysian Open title.
“All the other players in the main draw have been playing actively. As for me, it will be my second tournament this year.
“I brought along my mother to take care of my son. And I hope my son will bring good luck for the Malaysian Open,” said Omneya after training in Bukit Jalil.
Meanwhile, three Malaysian players Low Wee Wern, Aika Azman and Mohd Syafiq Kamal advanced into the main draw from the qualifiers.
Former world No. 5 Wee Wern, who is making a comeback after a 20-month hiatus due to injury, will face Tong Tsz Ling of Hong Kong in the first round of the tournament proper.
Aika will take on top seed Omneya while Syafiq will play third seed Abdullah Mohd Al Tamimi of Qatar.