Tough without Nicol

  • Squash
  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2020

Forget the pain: Low Wee Wern reacts after injuring her leg while playing against compatriot Rachel Arnold during the women’s final of the Malaysian Open at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil last year.

PETALING JAYA: Low Wee Wern will have big shoes to fill with Nicol David no longer around to lead the national women’s squash team.

The women’s squad will be in the limelight with the Asian and World Women’s Team Championship taking place in Malaysia at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil in March and December respectively.

“Both championships will be in Kuala Lumpur, so we definitely want to put on a strong performance and it will also be a good target to see how we fare without Nicol holding the fort for such a long time, ” said the 28-year-old Wee Wern, who is game to play a leading role.

“I don’t remember ever playing a team event without Nicol before, so this time it will be tough to say the least.

“She has always been our number one and this time around I would probably be leading the team.

“I hope I can support the team the way she had supported us.”

But for Wee Wern, who is aiming to break into the top 15 once again this year, her immediate target is to do well at the Tournament of Champions in New York, United States.

She faces a tricky first-round clash against England’s world No. 31 Julianne Courtice in the first round and should Wee Wern win, she will have to take on New Zealand’s Joelle King in the second round.

The toughest part will be getting back to fitness as it will be Wee Wern’s first time in action since a recurring knee injury hampered her outing at the World Championships in October.

“Rehab is ongoing for me and I have so many things to work on squash.

“I’ve missed out on so much being away for many months and it’s still tough trying to find my game in tournaments again, on top of trying to stay injury free and to get back my best squash.

“Everyone wants to start off the year strong and for me I really want to try and enjoy my squash again.”

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