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Mohd Addeen Idrakie (right) returning a shot to Sanjay Singh Chal in their quarter-final match at the National Championships. Addeen won the match 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9.
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohd Addeen Idrakie was all smiles after earning his place in the semi-finals of the TC National Championships at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil Friday.
The speedy 19-year-old fought his way back after losing the first set to chalk up an 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9 win over junior rival Sanjay Singh Chal.
The win was made even sweeter as Sanjay had beaten Addeen during the trials for the Men’s World Team Championships in May. That win earned Sarawakian Sanjay a place in the men’s team alongside Ong Beng Hee, Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Mohd Asyraf Azan.
But world No. 188 Addeen put that disappointment behind him and finally gained revenge over Sanjay with a gritty performance.
Addeen will now face defending champion Beng Hee, who defeated Gurshan Singh 11-6, 11-6, 11-6, for a place in the final.
“It felt really good to beat Sanjay,” said a delighted Addeen. “I had to work really hard for the win because I started off nervously and this allowed him to win the first set.
“Although I eventually pushed ahead for a 2-1 lead, I lost focus again and he punished me.
“I’m glad I managed to regroup and win the fifth. My three months of hard training has paid off.
“I was disappointed at missing out on the World Teams ... so I trained harder under Peter Genever, who helped me a lot with my technique.
“As for the match against Beng Hee, I’m in for the experience. I should be fitter, but he has a lot more experience and tricks up his sleeve ... it should be a good opportunity to learn something.”
In the other quarter-final match, second seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan stayed on course for the final with a 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 win over Ng Jo Wen.
“It was a short match ... too short to gauge anything and I just took the opportunity to build on my own rhythm for the semi-finals,” said Nafiizwan.
Nafiizwan will face joint third-fourth seed Timothy Arnold for a place in the final. Timothy came out tops in the battle of the former nationals against Valentino Bong 11-7, 12-10, 11-9.
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