Aifa inches closer to another title with win over Ainaa


National squash player Aifa Azman (right)

PETALING JAYA: National squash player Aifa Azman is one step closer to winning her second title this year.

The top seed underlined her determination when she dismantled Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 in just 20 minutes in the semi-finals of the SRAM PSA 5 at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

She faces third seed Chan Yiwen in the title-match today.

While the Kedahan was truly imperious against Ainaa, the 20-year-old knows that it would not be a straight-forward battle against Yiwen in the final.

“I did not use much energy against Ainaa, so I am pretty fresh and ready for the final,” said a confident Aifa, who won the SRAM PSA 1.

“I train with Yiwen regularly, so we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

“I know how feisty she can be on the court, so it will be a good match.

“I need to be confident with my game plan if I want to win.”

The 21-year-old Yiwen battled for 41 minutes to beat SRAM PSA 1 finalist Ooi Kah Yan 12-10, 7-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11-5 in another semi-final match.

In the men’s competition, top seed Ivan Yuen will take on Darren Rahul Pragasam for the title. Men: Ivan Yuen bt Ong Sai Hung 10-12, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7; Darren Rahul Pragasam bt Darren Chan 11-8, 11-9, 11-2

Women: Aifa Azman bt Ainaa Amani 11-6, 11-2, 11-3; Chan Yiwen bt Ooi Kah Yan 12-10, 7-11, 11-13, 13-11, 11.

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