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Low Wee Wern expects traditional squash rivals Hong Kong and India to be in Malaysia’s way again at the Asian Games. (NSTP/ASYRAF HAMZAH)

KUALA LUMPUR: Low Wee Wern expects traditional squash rivals Hong Kong and India to be in Malaysia’s way again at the Asian Games.

Wee Wern, who is on a three-tournament winning streak, is optimistic of defending champions Malaysia's chances when the team event begins at the Gelora Bung Karno Hall in Jakarta on Aug 27.

The Penangite, who made her comeback last month after a 20-month injury layoff, will join forces with Nicol David, S. Sivasangari and Aifa Azman.

"For me it (rivals) is Hong Kong and India. They have strong teams too and it’s always close with them," said Wee Wern, currently World No 70.

"I believe both have two players in the top-20 of the world rankings. We are the defending champions but this time around I am not in the top 10 which makes our team a bit weaker.

"But we still stand a chance to defend our gold."

Malaysia, then represented by Nicol, Wee Wern, Delia Arnold and Vanessa Raj, defeated India in the final of the 2014 Incheon Games. Hong Kong and South Korea finished joint bronze medallists.

For this edition, Hong Kong will be represented by Ho Tze Lok, Lee Ka Yi, World No 11 Annie Au and No 21 Joey Chan.

India will feature Dipika Pallikal Karthik (World No 19), Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla, Tanvi Khanna and Joshna Chinappa (World No 16).

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