MALAYSIAN No. 2 Low Wee Wern got off to a good start in the first round of the Women’s World Championship by defeating Donna Urquhart of Australia.
The Penangite was given a tough fight in the first game before finishing off her opponent, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-8 at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SPICE) here.
“Having Donna in the first round is not easy as she is a tough competitor. We had hard matches before and she has defeated me a couple of times,” Wee Wern told Bernama.
“It doesn’t look like a very hard match because we had very close points and I’m quite happy the way I played.
“I wanted to win 3-0 and try to keep myself as fresh as I can for the rest of the week.”
Wee Wern is scheduled to meet unseeded Samantha Cornett of Canada who beat 16th seed Line Hansen of Denmark 11-5, 11-7 and 11-7.
“It’s still a very long way to the final, I’ve one big match tomorrow, if I pull through in that, I have to face Laura Massaro and she will be my biggest challenge,” said Wee Wern.
Meanwhile, national amateur player, Vanessa Raj who gained entry through a wild card ticket, fell 11-7, 11-4, 11-1 to world No. 2 Massaro.
Massaro will play ninth seed Jenny Duncalf of England, who defeated Megan Craig of New Zealand 11-8, 11-4 and 11-3.
The winner of the tournament will win US$120,000.