Wee Wern and Co fired up for challenge in the US

PETALING JAYA: It just feels right for Low Wee Wern to be back in the United States to get her squash career going again.

Wee Wern and several other Malaysians will begin their campaign in the Squash On Fire Open in Washington starting today and for the former, it’s her first international tournament in 16 months.

“It’s just great to be back here. My last tournament was here in the United States before the Covid-19 pandemic halted everything for me,” said the national No. 1.

In her last tournament at the Carol Weymuller Open, she did well to upstage world No. 8 Amanda Sobhy of the United States in the second round before losing in the next round.

Wee Wern, however, aims to take it in her stride in Washington.

“I’ve a decent draw but I’m taking it step by step, considering that I’ve not played for a long time,” she said.

Wee Wern has a first round bye and has been grouped in the same half with top seed Joshna Chinappa of India and compatriot S. Sivasangari.

In the lower half are Rachel Arnold and Lai Wen Li, who will take on each other in the opening round.

On the safety of the players, Wee Wern said all proper procedures have been put in place.

“We are in a tournament bubble.

“We can’t leave the hotel room except to and from the courts. We can’t eat out too,” she said.

In the men’s competition, Malaysia will be represented by Ivan Yuen, Addeen Idrakie and Mohd Syafiq Kamal.

The top seed is James Willstrop of England.

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