AIFA Azman is having a relaxing time in Hangzhou – at least for now.
The 21-year-old squash star Aifa has been trying out different Chinese traditional games at athletes’ village, and loving them.
Aifa said the games helped her to relieve stress.
“I am enjoying my stay here with lots of activities other than squash.
“I tried playing Chinese traditional games and I really enjoy it. It had been fun and stress-free.“I’ve been to Hangzhou in July and everything including the set-up was almost similar to the Asian Mixed Doubles Championships,” said Aifa.
“The only difference was we are staying in the athletes’ village this time.”
The stress-busters seem to be working.
Yesterday, Aifa led the team to a 3-0 victory over Macau in the Group B match at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Squash Centre. She scored an easy 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 win over Yeung Wai Leng.
S. Sivasangari continued the assault by defeating Liu Kwai Chi 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 before Aira’s sister, Aifa sealed he winner against Leong Leng Lam with a 11-7, 11-2, 11-2 scoreline.
It was another flawless day for the team as they had beaten Nepal and Pakistan 3-0 in their first and second round group matches on Tuesday.
Aifa was pleased with their performance but admitted that the real test would come in the last group match against India today.
“It was a good win for us and I had to make sure my game plan was well-executed during my match (against Wai Leng),” said Aifa.
“India have good players, so it’s going to be a good match against India.”
Meanwhile, the men’s team also continued their fine form by beating Japan 3-0 in their third round group match yesterday.