Saturday October 27, 2012
Wee Wern to miss momís birthday do after reaching semis in China
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Low Wee Wern staved off a strong challenge from Egyptís Omneya Abdel Kawy before sealing a semi-final spot in the US$55,000 China Open squash tournament in Shanghai yesterday.
The 22-year-old Wee Wern, who had beaten Australiaís Rachael Grinham for the first time on Thursday, was made to slog hard before posting a 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 win over the former world No. 4.
It was her first win over Omneya and a bittersweet one as the Penangite will have to miss her motherís 55th birthday do today.
The match, as expected, was going to be a tight affair as Omneya has been making an impact since returning from injury and it was evident as she made the final in the Macau Open last week.
Omnneya duly took the first set before Wee Wern roared back to level the tie.
The powerful Egyptian once again took the advantage in the third set but Wee Wern showed just why she is ranked No. 9 in the world with a strong fighting performance to take the fourth set and the decider to go through.
ďWell I did not expect to do so well here and was actually supposed to fly back tomorrow (today) for my momís birthday so this win is for her,Ē said Wee Wern, when contacted in Shanghai.
ďBut Iím really happy to pull through because it was such a close match and it could have gone either way. Omneya is a good player with exceptional racquet skills so to beat is a confidence booster. Iím just happy with the way Iím playing.Ē
The national No. 2 will now face fourth seed Kasey Brown in the semi-finals. Australiaís Brown had no problems sweeping aside Irishwoman Aisling Blake in straight sets.
ďIíve played Kasey three times in the past but Iíve never gotten around to beating her,Ē said Wee Wern.
ďShe has been playing well in this tournament and she had a slightly easier time on court against Aisling so I supposed the advantage is with her.
ďMost importantly, Iím just trying to take good care of my shoulder as I donít want the injury to get worse. Iím putting ice on it after every match,Ē added Wee Wern.
The other semi-final is between Joelle King of New Zealand and Englandís Alison Waters.
King defeated Hong Kongís Annie Au while Waters took out Egyptian world No. 3 Raneem El Weleily to reach the last four.
Quarter-finals: Low Wee Wern (Mas) bt Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) 8-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-9; Kasey Brown (Aus) bt Aisling Blake (Irl) 11-9, 11-7,11-5; Joelle King (Nzl) bt Annie Au (Hkg) 11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9; Alison Waters (Eng) bt Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 7-11, 11-4, 11-1, 8-11, 13-11.