Saturday November 3, 2012
National No. 2 Wee Wern moves further up in world rankings
By AFTAR SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: National squash player Low Wee Wern is in seventh heaven.
The Penangite, who won the China Open Gold 45 tournament last month, has moved up from ninth to seventh in the world rankings.
The 22-year-old national No. 2 is the most improved player in the world, having been ranked 13th in January.
She moved up to 10th in September before rising another spot to ninth last month.
The Women Squash Association (WSA) will nominate Wee Wern for the most improved player award as she seeks to follow in the footsteps of team-mate and six-time world champion Nicol David, the world No. 1.
Wee Wern is only the third Asian woman player to be ranked in the top seven in the world.
Nicol, who is based in Amsterdam and trains under Liz Irving, has been the world No. 1 since August, 2006 while Hong Kong’s Annie Au was ranked sixth in the world last month.
Annie, however, has dropped three spots this month.
Wee Wern, who turned pro in 2006, is clearly delighted with her achievements in the last few months.
“My mission this year was to break into the top-10. So, being ranked seventh in the world is the best thing that can happen to me,” who has been training under Aaron Soyza in Penang for the last seven years.
“I am playing at my best and this really augurs well for my squash career as I seek to further improve on my ranking next year.
“I have proved that I don’t need to be based in Europe to train with the best coaches to improve my game and world ranking.
“I have faith in my coach (Aaron). I could not have achieved it without the hard training and guidance and motivation of my coach.”
“For now, I will do my best to help Malaysia do better than third placing in the Women’s World Team tournament in Nimes, France, (from Nov 12-17),” said Wee Wern.
Malaysia, who are seeded third, are hoping to win the title for the first time after three successive third-placed finishes.
Twenty-six teams will feature in the world team event and Malaysia are in Group C with South Africa, China and Spain.
Apart from Nicol and Wee Wern, the other Malaysian players for the world team meet are Delia Arnold and Siti Munirah Jusoh.
Wee Wern will then feature in the Hong Kong Open from Nov 25-Dec 2 before signing off for the year by competing in the World Open in Cayman Islands from Dec 13-21.