Friday September 28, 2012
Asyraf wishes for consistency and titles
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Asyraf Azan turns 24 next week and top of his wish list is to start playing consistently well and bag a few titles in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) circuit.
The Negri Sembilan player, whose birthday is on Wednesday, is far from pleased with his inconsistency.
Asyraf is disappointed with himself for failing to even live up to his top seed status in one-star tournaments.
“That is why I have failed to break into top 50 in the world rankings. I used to be ranked 56th in the world but it has dropped to 70 because of my failure to win such tournaments,” said Asyraf, who turned pro five years ago.
Asyraf, who has won only one tournament – the NSC Satellite No. 2 tournament in January, however, hopes to live up to expectations in the Pro Squash Kansai in Kobe, Japan, starting tomorrow.
The second seed will open his campaign against Fred Reid of Canada in the first round and probably Carlos Cornes of Spain in the quarter-final.
Asyraf is then likely to face team-mate and third seed Kamran Khan in the last four.
World No. 47 Jan Koukal of Czech Republic is the top seed.
Asyraf knows that Kamran will be the biggest threat to him in the semis.
“I need to improve my game and rise to the occasion to beat Kamran to reach the final,” said Asyraf.
“The pressure will be on me to deliver in Japan.”
Asyraf said that reaching the final in Japan would boost his confidence for another good outing in the inaugural Royal Lake Club PSA Challenger 10 tournament.