KUALA LUMPUR: It’s seven-up for youngster Aifa Azman on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour.
The 17-year-old showed remarkable progress as she clinched her seventh professional title at the Chongqing International Classic in China on Sunday.
The Kedahan, who has climbed to No. 67 in the world, was absolutely on song as she blitzed Egyptian Farah Momen 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 in 29 minutes in the final.
The win ensured that Aifa maintained a perfect record, with her seventh career win coming from her seventh PSA final appearance.
It certainly capped a fine week for the second seed who didn’t drop a single game en route to taking the title.
Aifa had beaten local lass Xu Yunxin in the first round, followed by a quarter-final win over compatriot Yee Xin Ying and then taking down Egypt’s Amina El Rihany in the semi-finals.
It’s an impressive feat as she won all those matches in under 20 minutes.
“I came into the tournament looking for a good result and I was anticipating a final matchup with top seed Anna Serme but she unfortunately lost in the semi-finals,” said Aifa.
“Even though I didn’t get to play Anna, I’m still pleased to beat Farah in three this time. I struggled against her the last time we met back in October.
“I already knew her game and the cold court here certainly helped me out a lot.
“I’m definitely very happy with my progress here especially since I didn’t drop a game during the entire tournament.”
The World Junior Championships bronze medallist will next look to prepare for the prestigious British Junior Open from Jan 2-6 in which she is the second seed for the girls’ Under-19 category.
The Malaysian men didn’t fare as well in Chongqing as the trio of Amir Amirul Azhar, Wee Ming Hock and Farez Izwan all lost in the first round.