PETALING JAYA: Eighth seed Addeen Idrakie (pic) may be ranked higher but he is not planning to ignore the threat from lower ranked Karim Elbarbary of Egypt in the Cincinnati Queens Open.
The world number 112 Addeen faces the 19-year-old Elbarbary in the second round in the US.
While the 27-year-old Addeen received a first round bye, the 173rd ranked Elbarbary came through the opening round on Wednesday after defeating Mark Broekman of England 11-8, 11-6, 11-6.
Although they will be playing for the first time, Addeen says all the Egyptian players’ games are about the same.
“Just like the other Egyptians, I expect his game to be aggressive. But I am more focused on my game plan and will not let other elements affect me,” said Addeen.
“It feels good to be back playing in international competitions regularly. I hope to learn from the different players here, gauge my progress and grow more mature.”
Addeen has played in two international competitions so far this year.
In June, he lost to James Willstrop of England 2-11, 6-11, 7-11 in the quarter-finals of the Squash on Fire Open in Washington and this month, he went down 5-11, 3-11, 8-11 to Aly Abou Eleinen of Egypt in the quarter-finals of the South State Marietta Open.
So it is no surprise that he has set a semi-final target in the Cincinnati Queens Open.
“The hope is to clear the quarters but I will not put too much pressure on myself.”
Teammate and fifth seed Mohd Syafiq Kamal, who also received a first-round bye, will face Pakistan’s Nasir Iqbal in the second round.