Jessica finds perfect role model to bounce back from injury


PETALING JAYA: Junior squash player Jessica Keng (pic) need not look far for inspiration to return to her competitive self after an injury setback.

The former Under-13 champion in the British Junior Open in 2015 had surgery on her injured right knee last week.

National No. 1 Low Wee Wern also went through a similar experience and was sidelined from squash for two years after suffering an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury on her left knee in 2015.

Wern Wern, however, showed strong grit and determination to get her squash career back on track and has since moved up the world rankings before the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to all squash competitions.

Jessica said Wee Wern has been an inspiration to her and appreciated her kind words.

“I want to thank Wee Wern for wishing me good recovery. She is an inspiration.

“I hope to come back stronger like her, ” said the 18-year-old Jessica.

“I’m already feeling better after the operation.

“It was a partial ACL tear and I got it done during the movement control order (MCO) lockdown in May.

“I was doing home workouts when I felt pain and it only got worse. The doctor has told me not to rush back to training. Having to go through another surgery later is the last thing I want.

“I passed out during the surgery but it’s a good experience because I have never been in this situation before.”

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