Syafiq not making much headway in the US

PETALING JAYA: National squash player Mohd Syafiq Kamal’s miserable run has continued in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger Series in the United States.

The world No. 98 was easily beaten 7-11, 5-11, 1-11 by Mexican world No. 49 Leonel Cardenas in the Cleveland Skating Club Open at the Cleveland Skating Club in Ohio yesterday.

It is Syafiq’s sixth tournament in the US and he just can’t seem to get his groove back.

The 25-year-old who started the year as the world No. 72 player, had now dropped 26 rungs due to his poor form in the United States.

He has not gone past the second round in any of the tournaments and even went down to unseeded players in some competitions.

At the recent Equinox Boston Open for example, he lost to Pakistan’s world No. 552 Hamza Khan in the second round and went down to lower-ranked Nasir Iqbal, also of Pakistan, in the second round of the Cincinnati Queens Open.

It was the same story at the Squash on Fire Open, PSA World Championships and South State Marietta Open.

Before the US trip he performed well in the SRAM PSA 1 when he went all the way to the final before losing to Ivan Yuen.

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