Last-eight ache for Wee Wern as she goes down fighting


KUALA LUMPUR: National No. 1 Low Wee Wern’s campaign in the Cincinnatti Cup in Ohio came to an end after a quarter-final defeat by world No. 7 Sarah-Jane Perry of England.

The 29-year-old Malaysian, ranked 25th in the world, gave a tremendous fight to the England national champion before going down 11-9,9-11,11-9,7-11,5-11.

Second seed Perry will face fourth seed Olivia Blatchford Clyne of the United States for a place in the final.

Clyne beat Tinne Gilis of Belgium 11-8,12-10,11-6.

Wee Wern, who stunned world No. 8 Amanda Sobhy of the US in the second round of the Carol Weymuller Open, said it was a very close match against Perry.

“I’m happy with my performance despite the defeat as it was positive squash from me.

“It was good to see that I can really challenge the world’s top 10 players, ” said Wee Wern, who will play in the Windy City Open in Chicago from Feb 27 to March 4.

Quarter-finals: Amanda Sobhy (US) bt Nele Gilis (Bel) 11-5,11-2,11-3; Hania El Hammamy (Egy) bt Rowan Elaraby (Egy) 11-7,11-5,11-6; Olivia Blatchford Clyne (US) bt Tinne Gilis (Bel) 11-8,12-10,11-6; Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) bt Low Wee Wern (Mas) 9-11,11-9,9-11,11-7,11-5.

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