Sunday July 1, 2012
Wee Wern moves into last four of WSA Pyramides
PETALING JAYA: National No. 2 squash player Low Wee Wern finally ended a wretched run of first round exits by storming into the semi-finals of the US$35,000 WSA Pyramides tournament in style at Port Marly, France.
The world No.14 had endured a poor season, crashing out in the first round of the Greenwich Open, Cleveland Classic, KL Open and British Open.
But Wee Wern, who is often criticised for her lack of stamina, was on fire in France as she went the distance before overcoming world junior champion Nour El Tayeb of Egypt 11-6, 8-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-3 in 67 minutes in the first round.
On Friday, the petite 21-year-old recorded her best result of the year by dispatching Irish qualifier Aisling Blake 11-8, 11-7, 11-4 in 41 minutes in the quarter-finals.
The seventh seeded Wee Wern will next face fifth seed French-woman Camille Serme – the recently crowned European champion – for a place in the final.
“It was a really good result for me and, after a poor start to the year, it feels good to be finally winning matches again,” said Wee Wern in a text message.
“I played well in the first two sets even though the score was close. I grew more confident in the third set and, after a healthy 6-1 lead, I just went for it and got through in the end.
“Next up is Camille and we have always played out a tough match in the past.
“Even though I won the last encounter 3-2, she is certainly back in form having won the Texas Open recently and the European Cham-pionship.
“She even beat second seed Kasey Brown 3-0 in the quarters. It will be a very good match for me,” added Wee Wern.
The Penangite has beaten Serme in their last two meetings, the World Open and Hong Kong Open last year, and should be riding high on confidence.
In other quarter-final matches, former world No. 3 Alison Waters, who made a comeback from a lengthy injury layoff earlier this year, stunned top seed Madeline Perry 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 11-3, 11-7 to make the last four.
Waters, who came through the qualifiers, will next face former world No. 4 Omneya Abdel Kawy, who is making a return from injury herself. Omneya overcame fourth seed Natalie Grinham in four sets.