Thursday September 6, 2012
Aaron: Wee Wern will only get better
By Kng Zheng Guan
PETALING JAYA: Penang coach Aaron Soyza believes that Low Wee Wern deserves to be the national No. 2 and will only get better from now on.
Despite training locally under Aaron, Wee Wern has managed to defy the odds to achieve her highest ever ranking – No. 10 – in the world.
And Aaron believes that it is all down to a string of consistent performances over the past 12 months.
The 22-year-old Wee Wern won the China Open last October and made the quarter-finals of the Qatar Classic and World Open before going a step further by making the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open.
Along the way, she showed her potential by beating several higher ranked players like Camille Serme, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf.
Wee Wern got this year off to a slow start but strong showings at the WSA Pyramides Tour in France in June, where she was a finalist, and a semi-final appearance at the Matamata Open in New Zealand last month helped push her up to her current ranking.
“Wee Wern has shown splendid progress and been giving good performances in the past 12 months despite several bad draws,” said Aaron.
“She can still improve. Had she not faced Alison Waters – a player who is easily top five quality – three times this year, her results would have been even better.
“She has learned a lot in the last two years, travelling and competing around the world alone and now understands what it is like to be a professional.
“For me, it’s great that she’s world No. 10 but rankings are just numbers, to be honest.
“The top 14-16 players in the world are all very competitive and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. What is most important is that she continues to put in solid performances and achieve better head-to-head records against the top players.”
Wee Wern is on a week’s break in Penang after winning the national championship last Sunday. She will return to KL for the Malaysian Open, which starts from Sept 9-16.