KUALA LUMPUR: Second seeded Addeen Idrakie stunned top seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal to grab a second Professional Squash Association (PSA) title of the year.
The 25-year-old was in fine fettle, outlasting national teammate Syafiq 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, in an energy sapping 69 minute final for the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) PSA 2 title at the National Squash Centre yesterday.
Addeen won his first title of the year at the Elanora Open in Australia last month.
“It’s really good and important for me to win my second title here and I’m happy with my performances so far this year,” said Addeen.
“After I took the first set I was confident in the second but I lost a few points as I was a bit impatient during rallies.”
“But in the third set I re-focused and went back to playing my original game plan and it worked out well for me.”
From the start both players knew it was going to be a close match as they are sparringand training partners in the national team.
But they had to put friendships aside for the day as they went at it for the coveted title.
“It was always going to be difficult because we know each other’s game very well and we see each other almost everyday.”
“On the court he is a tall and physical player, so I had to take advantage of my smaller size and speed, and to keep take the volley shots away from him, ” added Addeen.
The win will certainly be a booster for Addeen who will be playing in the Asian Individual Championships next week from May 1-5 at the same venue.
Addeen should meet up with top seed and world No. 10 Saurav Ghosal of India as early as the third round.
“Winning this title today (yesterday) is really a big boost for me and I really needed it as I have a very difficult draw next week.”
“But I will stay focus to bring out my best squash and hope to make an impression.”
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