Wee Wern’s runner-up finish in Macau a morale booster for Asian c’ships

Hard work pays off: Low Wee Wern showing off the Macau Open runner-up trophy.

PETALING JAYA: Low Wee Wern is slowly but surely getting back into the groove going by her brilliant run in the Macau Open, and this bodes well for Malaysia ahead of the Asian Squash Championships individual event in Kuala Lumpur from May 1-5.

Wee Wern will lead the local charge as national No. 1 Nicol David has decided to skip the Asian meet.

Former eight-time world champion Nicol wants to focus on her remaining events in the PSA Tour before she calls it a day in June.

Despite missing out on the chance to claim her first PSA World Tour title since winning the China Open in 2014, world No. 38 Wee Wern sees many positives from her runner-up finish in Macau.

The solid display is a statement of intent from the Penangite who rejoined the fray after spending two years on the sidelines recuperating from three knee surgeries. She came down with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in 2015.

“It’s a pretty good achievement getting into a world tour final after playing for just eight months and it proves that I still have what it takes.

“It’s definitely a reassurance for myself knowing I can still get up there and it also shows that all the hard work is paying off. To come back and play again was really not easy at all.

“I think the run this week also gave me self-belief which I really needed.

“Sometimes we just need a breakthrough every now and then and this was it,” said Wee Wern, who upset three higher ranked Egyptians en route to reaching the final before losing to top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.

The superb run in Macau will also spur on Wee Wern for the Asian meet as Malaysia will be banking on her and S. Sivasangari to reap glory on home ground.

Wee Wern’s last appearance in the Asian meet was back in 2013 in Pakistan where she finished runners-up to Annie.

Nicol stopped Annie in the final of the 2015 edition in Kuwait.


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