Squashing away with the Buff Squash Open

22 December, 2013   Abel Khoo

Low Wee Wern was invited to promote the squash culture here in Singapore, she's currently ranked world no.8 as of march 2013. (Photo taken by VoxSports)

The Buff Singapore Squash Open 2013 is back this year and it saw a spike in the number of participants, both local and international.

This year, the Buff Squash Open was held at the Kallang Tennis and Squash centre and it saw approximately about 306 participants comprising of local and international talents. Low Wee Wern, the Top Seed in the Women’s Premier was set to win the tournament. Low is currently ranked the No.8 best female squash player in the world. Starting with her humble beginnings in Penang, Malaysia, Low shared that her family was very supportive in some of the key decisions of her squash career.

Low said, “At a point in time, I was receiving many scholarships from universities like Harvard. But my decision to go professional in squash wasn’t an easy one and I’m glad that my parents were supportive of my decision!”

Low aims to be the world No.1 female squash player in years to come. Her superior skills were displayed throughout the Buff Open as she went on to take down her competitors easily as she led by a huge margin all along.

On the other hand, there are high hopes for the local squash scene to flourish. Two Singapore national players, Vivian Rhamanan and Marcus Phua fought it out for the third and fourth placing for the men’s premier which Vivian lost by a small margin. Vivian is currently the assistant national coach for the national Squash team and he is confident of his squad.

Vivian said, “I have confidence that this team would do well. It is all about the passion for the game and I’m strict with my team when it is time to be strict.” He also further added that he is very excited about the inclusion of Squash into the SEA Games 2015.

Mr Vivian Rhamanan receives his prize for the fourth placing in Men's Premier. He is also the assistant national coach of the squash squad.

The winner of the Men’s Premier was Malaysia’s Elvinn Keo who is ranked world no.91 out of 500. Elvinn went on to beat fellow beat fellow countrymen in a hard fought game which ended 3 -0 (11-9, 12-10. 12-10). It was a joy for Elvinn that he was able to play at a high level after sustaining many injuries in his career.

“I injured almost every key bone a squash player needs. I had several major surgeries on my leg and I had to go through a total leg reconstruction. Many of times, I would question if I could play squash again but I just kept the passion and here am I today!”

Heated battle between Elvinn Keo and Choong Kam Hing in the Men's Premier Finals.