KUALA LUMPUR: National No 1 Low Wee Wern just came short of another major upset after bowing out in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Cup Squash Championships.
The World No 25 produced a strong effort against World No 7 Sarah-Jane Perry of England, but came up short in the 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 defeat on Saturday.
Having beaten World No 8 Amanda Sobhy of the United States last month, the Penangite was eager to show her progress against top-10 players.
And the 29-year-old showed really good patience as she stuck to her strategy to snatch the first game 11-9.
After Sarah-Jane had levelled it at 1-1, Wee Wern once again inched ahead as she closed out the third game for a 2-1 lead.
The English No 1, however, came back firing on all cylinders and took the fourth 11-7 before sealing the win in 65 minutes as Wee Wern’s energy levels dropped off.
Sarah-Jane will go on to meet fourth seed Olivia Blatchford Clyne of the US in the last four.
While disappointed with the loss, Wee Wern was pleased to be able to keep pace with Sarah-Jane for large periods.
“It’s a bit disappointing to lose but I’m looking at the positives from this game,” said Wee Wern.
“It’s definitely not nice to lose but it’s positive to be able to challenge top-10 players on a more consistent basis and come close to winning.
“I think overall I did quite well but Sarah-Jane just did better in the fourth and fifth games,” added Wee Wern.
The former World No 5 will head to Chicago to compete in the Windy City Open on Feb 27-March 4.