Aifa aims to play it safe in bid to extend winning ways


First challenge: Aifa will be out to extend her winning run when she competes in the SRAM PSA 5 from Sept 28-Oct 2.

PETALING JAYA: National squash player Aifa Azman is ready to continue where she left off in April – as a winner.

The 20-year-old will participate in the SRAM PSA 5 from Sept 28-Oct 2 and hopes to extend her fine form in the 10K professional tournament.

In the first tournament in April this year – the SRAM PSA 1, the Kedahan was in her element in the women’s final when she outplayed Ooi Kah Yan in straight sets 11-9,11-5, 11-8 at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.

It was also her first 10K win. She had been competing in 5K competitions previously and had won seven of them.

Although the world number 65 knows it won’t be easy, she is just excited to be able to compete again.

“It’s been a long break from competitions. It’s been training only as the team could not compete abroad due to the pandemic. So it’s good to be back in the game again,” she said.

“Obviously, I want to win again, but I am just going to focus one game at a time. I need to shake off the rust first.

“I cannot take it easy because the others in the fray are on the same level.

“We’ve been training together and they too are hungry for success after the long layoff.

“It’s going to be tough from the first round. There are many good players like Kah Yan, my sisters Aira and Aika, Ainaa (Amani) and the others.

“I will just have to stay focused and see where it will lead me.”

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