Monday September 17, 2012
Wee Wern is in good form but it will heap more pressure on her, says coach Aaron
PETALING JAYA: Penang coach Aaron Soyza believes that national No. 2 Low Wee Wern’s good showing at the recent Malaysian Open squash championship is a great boost for Malaysian squash but it will also heap more pressure on her.
Wee Wern, recently elevated to No. 10 in the world produced some of the best performances in her career as she first beat world No. 5 Madeline Perry and knocking out world No. 4 Jenny Duncalf en route to a semi-final appearance.
But the 22-year-old eventually ran out of gas in the last four and suffered a narrow heartbreaking defeat to world No. 2 and eventual champion Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in five sets.
Still, Aaron believes that Wee Wern has already exceeded expectations and the main focus now is to look ahead in the next few tournaments.
“She had an awesome tournament and she played superbly. It does not get any closer than that when taking on Raneem,” said Aaron.
“What was best about her making the semi-finals was beating two of the top five players in the world and the fact that she did it in front of her home crowd is certainly a boost for the sport in Malaysia.
“The other top Women’s Squash Association (WSA) players will now view her as a dangerous opponent and will be out to get her. What she needs is to learn to calm down during matches and take advantage of opportunities that come her way.
“She will certainly feel more pressure given her remarkable progress. Even last year, when she made the quarter-finals of the World Open and the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open, a lot more was expected from her. But the good thing is that she is still young and has time on her side,” added Aaron.
Wee Wern is now back in Penang for some much deserved rest and to work on her game before departing to New York on Saturday to compete in the Carol Weymuller Open (Sept 25-30) where she will face world No. 3 Laura Massaro in the first round.