Will it be heaven or Hull for Wee Wern after three-year lapse?


KUALA LUMPUR: Low Wee Wern will make her return at the British Open squash championships after a lapse of three years.

But the unseeded Penangite faces a tough task to get beyond the second round in the tournament which begins today in Hull.

The world No. 28 will open her campaign against homester and rising world No. 33 Fiona Moverly.

If Wee Wern overcomes her hurdle, she will face another challenge in fifth seed Joelle King of New Zealand.

Wee Wern, whose best outing in the British Open was the quarter-finals in 2014, said she did quite well in the last couple of tournaments and hopes to continue her good run in Hull.

“This will be my last tournament as I won’t be playing for a few months after this,” said Wee Wern, who was a semi-finalist at the Asian Championships in Bukit Jalil early this month.

“I need to get back to a good training block to prepare for the second half of the year.

“The British Open is a major event and I’ve not played there for three years. It’s good to be able to get in and take on the top girls again.

“I did not do well in Chicago (World Championships) earlier in the year, so I’m hoping this time will be better,” added Wee Wern.

Asked about her draw, Wee Wern said that as she’s unseeded it would definitely be an uphill task even in the first round.

“Hull is Fiona’s home ground and I’m sure she’s fired up,” said Wee Wern. “I played her once and won 3-2 which was very close ... so I’m looking at a tough first round.

“If I win, and I hope I do, I’ll face Joelle. The Kiwi is a former top five player before her injury.

“But she’s making her way back by winning the Manchester Open last week. I’ll need to focus on playing well against Fiona first.”

Five-time champion Nicol David, who will be playing in her last British Open, will take on world No. 48 Ho Tze-Lok of Hong Kong in the first round.

Egypt’s world No. 1 Raneem El Welily - and last year’s losing finalist - is the top seed while her compatriot and defending champion Nour El Sherbini is the second seed.