Thursday November 8, 2012
Wee Wern counting on French fortunes once again
PETALING JAYA: National squash star Low Wee Wern has only ever been to France once – in June for the WSA Pyramides Open.
But what a trip it proved to be.
Her outing at Port Marly proved to be the turning point for Wee Wern this season as she reached the final before losing to Englishwoman Alison Waters.
It snapped a streak of first round exits dating back to January and the 22-year-old Penangite has since gone on to make the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open before winning her maiden WSA Gold tournament – the China Open – last month.
Now ranked a career high seventh in the world, Wee Wern is hoping to rediscover her touch on French soil as she seeks to help Malaysia win the Women’s World Team championship for the first time when the tournament begins in Nimes from Nov 12-17.
“I’ve only been to France once in my career, which was back in June and my results there were rather good,” said Wee Wern.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to show the same kind of form in France when the team head to Nimes for the World Teams.
“It’s actually quite a big difference in terms of venue as the Pyramides tournament was at a smaller town and there were no glass courts.
“In Nimes, there will be three glass courts ... so we’ll need to adapt fast.
“In terms of results, things have really been on the up for me lately as I’ve been playing well and the results have been good.
“It really goes to show that my training with Aaron (Soyza) is paying off.
“But we’re still the underdogs for the World Teams as England and Egypt are definitely way ahead of us ... but we definitely have a strong outside chance.
“The team is also a close-knit one, as Nicol (David), Delia (Arnold) and I have been competing in team events together for so many years. Siti (Munirah Jusoh) is the only new face in the squad.
“My main concern now is trying to maintain the form that I am in and try to win the point at No. 2. Hopefully, we’ll do well this time and bring home the title for the first time,” added Wee Wern.
The team will be led by national elite coach Peter Genever and will head for Nimes today. World No. 1 and six-time world champion Nicol will join the squad from Amsterdam.
Malaysia have been seeded third in the tournament and are in Group C with South Africa, China and Spain.
England are the top seeds and will feature the likes of world No. 3 Laura Massaro, No. 4 Waters and No. 6 Jenny Duncalf.
The multi-talented Egyptians, who have only won the title once in 2008, are seeded second and boast a team of former world junior champions in the form of Raneem El Weleily, Nour El Sherbini, Omneya Abdel Kawy and Nour El Tayeb.