Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern continued her impressive run of form at the Macau Squash Open after she reached her biggest PSA final in seven years following her win against Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy in the semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Bronze tournament.
Having taken out second seed Salma Hany in the second round, then Nadine Shahin in the quarters yesterday, Low beat a third Egyptian Zeina Mickawy in four games in the semi-finals. It’s the Malaysian’s biggest PSA final in seven years after she came back on tour following a 20-month injury lay-off.
“I think I played one of my best this week, so far, “ said Low following her victory. “I was a lot calmer on court. Even though I lost the crucial first game, I was actually quite calm. I was finding my length and the corners pretty well today. It’s a good improvement for me to get better day by day.
“For me to get into the final of a 50k is a great achievement. I’ve had to change my flight a couple of times because I didn’t know if I was up to making this far. Now, I’m slowly getting my confidence back, which is a good start to the year for me.”
She will face Hong Kong’s top seed Annie Au in the final after she powered past India’s Joshna Chinappa to reach the final.
“I knew it was going to be a hard match today,” said Au. “Joshna and I practice a lot together on tour, so we are very familiar with each other’s game. Moreover, we also play against each other a lot in Asian continent events. So I knew it was a tough one.
“Luckily, I managed to play according to my game plan today – to keep the ball at the back and only bring to the front when the opportunity arises. Today I also feel I have a much better plan setup compared to the previous days. I feel I also moved a lot more effectively today.”
The men’s final will be contested between Peru’s Diego Elias and Egypt’s Omar Mosaad after they claimed respective semi-final wins over Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip and Scotland’s Greg Lobban.
The semi-final matches at the Tap Seac Square had to be cut short after heavy rain interrupted play halfway through the second game of the men’s first semi-final. Then, third seed Omar Mosaad was leading Greg Lobban by a game and 4-2 in the second. After several attempts by the helpers to dry the floor, it became one too many times and match referee Anthony Soh decided that it should be continued back at the Macau Bowling Centre.
“This is a special event for me,” said Mosaad following his victory. “I’ve reached the final here for the fourth time today. The change of court halfway back here was a little tricky for me. There was nearly an hour delay before we restarted. I actually started back really well, but then Greg started to play even better. The third was important for me to get the lead again. Then in the fourth, it was pretty much point-for-point.
“I’m going to give my best tomorrow. It will be one final match before I head to El Gouna, and I will put in everything I have.”
While Mosaad has plenty of experience here in Macau, his opponent tomorrow will be a first-time finalist here. Top seed Elias edged out defending champion Yip in a match that truly showcased both their amazing skills. The pair, who both play a very similar game of very calculated lengths and deft drops, entertained the crowd for a full 53 minutes.
“I’m feeling really good and I think I played well. Yip is a really tough player who loves to play the ball to the front. He has very good hands and I had to work a lot today. I had to run a lot more today than the previous days,” the Peruvian Puma said after.
Results: Men’s Semi-finals
 Diego Elias (PER) bt  Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-7 (53m)
 Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt  Greg Lobban 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 13-11 (SCO) (76m)
Results: Women’s Semi-finals
 Annie Au (HKG) bt (49m) bt  Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (34m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt  Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 10-12, 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (38m)
Draw: Men’s Final
 Diego Elias (PER) v  Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Draw: Women’s Final
 Annie Au (HKG) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)