PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie upset seventh seeded Shahjahan Khan of the United States to reach the last eight in the Squash on Fire Open in Washington. The unseeded Addeen prevailed 12-10, 11-7, 5-11, 7-11, 11-8 after a marathon 78-minute battle on Monday.
And his reward – a mouth-watering meeting with top seed James Willstrop of England – in the quarter-finals.
National No. 2 Ivan Yuen overcame the tenacious challenge of fellow Malaysian Mohd Syafiq Kamal 17-15, 4-11, 13-11, 11-8 to advance to the last eight against Japan’s Ryosei Kobayashi.
Low Wee Wern is the only Malaysian remaining in the women’s competition.
The national No. 1 beat Lucy Beecroft of England 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 to book her place in the last eight.
Earlier, Rachel Arnold fell 11-6, 9-11, 4-11, 7-11 to third seed Olivia Fiechter of the US.
National No. 2 S. Sivasangari failed to live up to her sixth-seed tag, going down 8-11, 10-12, 6-11 in 29 minutes to Georgina Kennedy of England.
The national squash players are playing in their first international competition after more than a year since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.