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Squash: Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern joins Nicol David in top five

Low Wee Wern (left) rose to a career-high of World No. 5 in the WSA’s October rankings, while fellow Malaysian Nicol David (right) is coming close to 100 straight months as No. 1. Photo: AFP.

Low Wee Wern (left) rose to a career-high of World No. 5 in the WSA’s October rankings, while fellow Malaysian Nicol David (right) is coming close to 100 straight months as No. 1. Photo: AFP.

October 2, 2014: Just days after helping her country retain their team gold in the Asian Games in Incheon, Low Wee Wern climbed two places to a career-high World No. 5 in the October rankings, joining No. 1 Nicol David in the first WSA list to feature two Malaysians in the top five.

 

Laid low by Dengue fever in July, Low confirmed her return to top form in September by winning the WSA Gold 50 China Open for the third time in four years. Seeded third in Shanghai, the 24-year-old from Penang – also David’s birthplace – upset top seed Camille Serme 3-2 (11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 12-10) in a 102-minute final that marked her longest victory on the WSA World Tour.

 

Low, who now boasts seven WSA World Tour titles from 17 final appearances, went on to finish runner-up to David in the Asian Games singles event in Incheon before teaming up with her compatriot to help Malaysia retain the team title.

 

David, who won her fourth singles title in five Asian Games as well as a second team gold, is now just one month away from celebrating 100 unbroken months as the World No. 1.

 

The 31-year-old Penangite won her 75th World Tour title at the Hong Kong Open in August and continues to hold off second-placed English rival Laura Massaro, third-placed Egyptian Raneem El Welily and New Zealand’s No. 4 Joelle King.

 

Hong Kong’s Annie Au eased back into the top 10, while India No. 1 Dipika Pallikal remains No. 12.

 

WSA Rankings: October Top 20 (inc. points average)

1          [1]        Nicol David (MAS)                  3,486

2          [2]        Laura Massaro (ENG)            2,287

3          [3]        Raneem El Welily (EGY)        1,878

4          [4]        Joelle King (NZL)                    1,153

5          [7]        Low Wee Wern (MAS)           1,133

6          [5]        Camille Serme (FRA)              1,116

7          [6]        Alison Waters (ENG)              1,024

8          [8]        Nour El Tayeb (EGY)                991

9          [9]        Nour El Sherbini (EGY)           906

10        [11]      Annie Au (HKG)                         818

11        [10]      Amanda Sobhy (USA)                806

12        [12]      Dipika Pallikal (IND)                 775

13        [13]      Madeline Perry (IRL)                 707

14        [14]      Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)      646

15        [15]      Rachael Grinham (AUS)            618

16        [16]      Jenny Duncalf (ENG)                 577

17        [17]      Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)            514

18        [19]      Sarah Kippax (ENG)                  511

19        [18]      Kasey Brown (AUS)                   495

20        [20]      Emma Beddoes (ENG)             478

 

Source: WSA (www.wsaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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