Nicol and Wee Wern among nominees
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern, winner of three titles this year, is among five players nominated for the Wispa Young Female Player of the Year award.
The World Squash Awards ceremony will be held in London today.
However, the 17-year-old who won the Milo All-Star, Penang Junior Open and the Dutch Junior Open, will face a strong fight from Annie Au of Hong Kong, Heba El Torky of Egypt, Maria Toor Pakay of Pakistan and Camilie Serme of France.
Wee Wern was nominated for guiding Malaysia to the runners-up spot to eventual champions Egypt in the team event of the World Junior Championships in Hong Kong in August.
The top national junior player and world No. 69’s other achievements included stunning world No. 39 Peta Hughes of Australia in the first round of the NSC Satellite tournament in Kuala Lumpur in October.
She came close to winning her first professional title by reaching the final of the NSC Satellite No. 6 tournament early this month.
Malaysia’s world No. 1 women’s squash player Nicol David (pic) has also been short-listed for the Female Player of the Year award.
Nicol, who failed to defend her World Open title this year in Madrid, will be challenged by the Grinham sisters Rachael and Natalie.
The other nominee is New Zealand’s Shelly Kitchen, who defeated Nicol in the second round of the World Open in October.
World number one Amr Shabana of Egypt, who claimed his third World Open title in Bermuda early this month, is the overwhelming favourite to win the PSA Male Player of the Year award.
Another Egyptian Ramy Ashour, the world number two and world number three Gregory Gaultier of France are the other two contenders.
The 20-year-old Ashour has also been short-listed for the PSA Young Male Player award and he will face challenges from compatriots Mohamed El Shorbagy and Omar Mosaad.
There will also be two other awards – a Lifetime Achievement award and a Service to Squash award.