Wee Wern looking for that Asian high

KUALA LUMPUR: Low Wee Wern has represented Malaysia for 14 years, has been the national No. 1 since Nicol David left the scene and she has picked up numerous titles.

But she has yet to win the Asian individual title.

The Penangite, who will turn 30 next month, is now out to put that statistic right. She has her sights on next year’s Asian Championships although the dates and venue of the event have yet to be decided.

Wee Wern’s best outing in the Asian meet was reaching the final in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2013 but she failed to live up to her top billing when she lost to second seed Annie Au of Hong Kong.

Wee Wern also reached the final of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014 but had to play second fiddle to then world champion Nicol David.

But there is good news now for the world No. 23 Wee Wern. Her nemesis and world No. 11 Annie, who bagged 17 PSA titles since turning professional in 2004, has retired.

With Annie’s retirement, Wee Wern is the second-highest ranked woman player in Asia after two-time Asian champion and world No. 11 Joshna Chinappa.

“I’ve played in many Asian meets but I have yet to nail the title. With Annie out of the way, the only player to challenge me next year will be Joshna.

“I’ve beaten Joshna in competitions before and I can do it again, ” said Wee Wern, who beat the Indian in the quarter-finals of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Wee Wern said Malaysia would also have a better chance at the team title as Hong Kong would have a weakened team to defend the title they won in Cheongju, South Korea, in 2018.

The Asian team meet was scheduled to be held at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil in March but has been indefinitely postponed.

Meanwhile, Wee Wern said she had fully recovered from a knee injury suffered early this year and that she was ready to play.

“It is quite frustrating that squash players are not allowed to start training on court like other sports. I want to start training for PSA tournaments this year, ” said Wee Wern.

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