As we reach the end of another season, the PSA's Matt Coles has been talking to the stars of the PSA World Tour about their 2018/19 campaigns. Here he catches up with Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern.
At the start of the 2018-2019 campaign, Low Wee Wern was sitting outside the top 250 in the World Rankings, as she fought her way back from injury.
After spending more than a year and a half out through a serious knee injury, the Malaysian has made her way back into the top 25 in the world over the course of the campaign, and she is pleased with her return so far.
“Yes I have just completed my first season back and I am quite pleased with the way it went. Like I said I have missed out on so much and getting back out there again with decent results is a positive step for me towards my return,” she said.
“I have come a long way from learning how to walk again to be able to step back on court and reaching the top 25 in my first season back makes all the work worthwhile.”
As she made her return at the start of the season, the 29-year-old was unsure of how she would go on, and admits that things had changed from 2016.
“It is my first season back after a 21 month long absence from the circuit. I’ve missed out on so much and wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest,” the Malaysian admitted.
“Of course my first few tournaments back I was struggling to find my game again, the rules of refereeing had changed as well and I was trying very hard to find my footing again.
“I would say I progressed well to end my first season back, starting from World No.254 and ending at World No.23. Gradually I got better, got a bit more confidence but there is still so much to work on.”
The Malaysian at the Tournament of Champions in January
As she continued her return to the game, the Malaysian made it all the way to the final of Macau Open, her biggest final since her injury.
“For me I would say reaching the finals of the Macau Open [was my best performance],” the World No.23 explained.
“It is a 50k tournament and the last time I got that far in an event that size (China Open), it took me to World No.5, so reaching the finals of a tournament this size was the belief I needed again.”
“En route to making the finals, I managed to beat three higher ranked Egyptians and that is no easy feat,” she said.
“It was also probably the first time I’ve felt fairly comfortable on court again ever since my comeback in July 2018. I got some confidence back and glimpses of how I used to play resurfaced again which is pleasing to say the least.”
The former World No.5 has a straight-forward goal in terms of what she wants to achieve in the 2019-2020 season, and that is to keep moving up the rankings.
“My main goal is get back to the Top 15 next year result wise,” the Malaysian explained.
“Performance-wise, my goal is being able to match the top girls again on a consistent basis and of course stay injury free as much as possible.”
Keep a look out for the next player’s review of the 2018-19 season in the coming days, as Egypt’s Zahed Salem reviews his campaign.