Asian Games: Squash player Wee Wern aiming for an all-Malaysia final

Asian Games: Squash player Wee Wern aiming for an all-Malaysia final
Low Wee Wern (right) hopes to make the final of the Asian Games squash competition, where she will potentially meet world No. 1 and team-mate Nicol David.

PETALING JAYA- Low Wee Wern has one Malaysia Day wish for the Incheon Asian Games - to live up to her reputation as the No. 2 squash player in Malaysia and Asia by making the final of the individual event.

That was the world No. 7's pledge before flying off to Incheon with the rest of the squash team on Tuesday night - on Malaysia Day.

"It's been a honour representing Malaysia and I really want to thank all Malaysians for their support all these years. That has kept me going and it'll be really good for Malaysia to have two players in the final of the individual event," said Wee Wern, who finished with a bronze at the 2010 Asian Games after losing to compatriot and world No. 1 Nicol David in the semi-finals.

"I do want to overtake Nicol some day, but right now it's one match at a time for me."

Despite being seeded second, the 24-year-old Wee Wern is aware that the path to joining three-time gold medallist and top seed Nicol in the final won't be easy and that the pressure will be on her to live up to her billing.

Wee Wern faces South Korean veteran Park Eun-ok in the first round. A win will pit her against the in-form Joey Chan of Hong Kong in the quarter-finals.

If she can get past Joey, Hong Kong No. 1 Annie Au may well await her in the semi-finals.

"To be seeded to make the final is definitely challenging ... my draw is not easy at all, with both Annie and Joey for company," said Wee Wern, who lost to Annie in the final of the Asian Championships last year.

"I haven't played against Joey for some time but she's been playing really well and Annie is also a very tricky customer.

"Both are left-handed and I really need to stick to my own game and not give them any space to manoeuvre in the middle.

"But I've been playing really well too recently, especially with the China Open win, and I'm ready and looking forward to the Games."

The other members of the women's team are Delia Arnold and youngster Vanessa Raj. Both, however, will only feature in the team event as each country can only field two players for the individual event.

The individual competition starts on Saturday at the Yeorumul Squash Courts while the team event will begin on Sept 24.

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