PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s challenge in the China Open squash tournament came to a quick end with all three national players shown the exit in the first round.
World No. 34 Low Wee Wern put up a strong fight against Holland’s Milou van der Heijden in the first set but thereafter flounder and went down at 14-16,9-11,
3-11 in the first round of the women’s competition.
Wee Wern was hoping to get into the second round to set up a clash against world No. 1 Raneem El Welily of Egypt.
“Unfortunately, I slipped a few times at the beginning of the match, which resulted in pain in my left leg. I will fly home to seek treatment and hopefully, I can play in Hong Kong next week, ” said Wee Wern.
In the men’s draw, world No. 46 Ivan Yuen performed well to get ahead twice against world No. 31 Youssef Soliman of Egypt but failed to kill off the match and eventually lost 11-8,8-11,11-7,9-11,8-11.
Ivan’s teammate and world No. 37 Ng Eain Yow also couldn’t clear his opening round hurdle, losing 8-11,7-11,11-5,11-13 to Mazen Hesham of Egypt.
Wee Wern and Ivan will be hoping to bounce back in the Hong Kong International Open next week.
Eain Yow will only be back in action in the Malaysian Open from Sept 25-29.