Aira out to end country's 22-year wait for world junior title

22 Jul 2023 04:29pm
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KUALA LUMPUR - Rising squash star Aira Azman is just a step away from ending the country’s 22-year drought for a title in the 2023 World Junior Squash Championships in Melbourne, Australia, today.

The 18-year-old player is on the right track to emulate the country’s squash queen, Datuk Nicol David who was the last Malaysian player to secure the women’s title as she got past Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt 9-2, 9-4, 9-2 in the 2001 edition in Penang.

Aira advanced to her first final of the tournament by downing the second seed of the tournament, Fayrouz Aboelkheir of Egypt, 12-10, 11-7,11-8.

Waiting for Aira, who won the Under-15 title in 2018, are defending champion Amina Orfi or Malak Khafagy from Egypt who will compete in another semi-final match today. - BERNAMA

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