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Aifa Azman says she wants to win the British Junior Open.
Aifa Azman says she wants to win the British Junior Open.

Aifa Azman is hungry for more as she aims to achieve significant breakthroughs next season.

The 18-year-old enjoyed an excellent year by winning three Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour titles and finishing third at the World Junior Championships.

The Kedah-born wants to start her season by completing her British Junior Open collection of titles by adding the Under-19 event to her list of achievements when the competition starts in Birmingham from Jan 2-6.

It would be an impressive feat for Aifa if she achieves it as she already has the Under-13 (2014), Under-15 (2016) and Under-17 (2018) winner’s medals in her trophy cabinet.

Aifa stands as the most successful national junior since the days of eight-time world champion Nicol David at the British Juniors.

Nicol holds the record of winning five British Junior Open titles between 1996-2000.

“I am motivated for the British Juniors. I really want to win it all,” said Aifa.

“Additionally, this is also going to be my last British Juniors outing, so I’m more fired up than usual.

“My build-up for the event has been good. I’ve had a few good results this year.

“I’ve also been working on my tactical game with head coach Ajaz (Azmat), so I’m ready to get going.”

The World No 67 will fancy her chances as she is seeded second behind Egypt’s Jana Shiha in Birmingham.

Aifa, who has been handed a first-round bye, will open against Japan’s Ayumi Watanabe or England’s Chloe Foster in the second round.

She will likely face Egyptian players from the quarter-finals onwards, first against joint fifth-eighth seed Malak Mostafa in the last eight and joint third-fourth seed Farida Mohamed in the semi-finals.

“I’ve been preparing myself by analysing videos of my potential opponents. I just need to play well on the day,” she added.

The other Malaysian girls in the Under-19 category are Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi and Amirah Rusydina Rosli.

The Malaysian team left for Birmingham yesterday.

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