Fit Addeen edges Egyptian to reach q-finals

PETALING JAYA: A fitter Addeen Idrakie fought hard to reach the quarter-finals but it was all over for higher-ranked Mohd Syafiq Kamal in the Cincinnati Queens Open.

The world No. 112 Addeen toiled for 86 minutes to beat 19-year-old Karim Elbarbary of Egypt 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 in the second round to set up a meeting against second seed Auguste Dussourd of France.

“He ran out out stamina after winning the first two and I took advantage of that.

“I kept the rallies long and let him do the mistakes,” said the 27-year-old Addeen, who is the eighth seed in the tournament.

“But it wasn’t an easy match, and he gave a good fight.”

Addeen admitted that it would be a challenge against world No. 59 Dussourd, who pulled off an easy 13-11, 11-8, 11-8 win over Timothy Brownwell of the United States.

“I had a tough second round while he had it easy. I hope to recover from this match and be ready to face him.

“I have to stick to my game plan. He loves to play the backcourt game and I’ve to read his game well.”

Addeen had faced the 25-year-old Frenchman once in the 2018 Vedanta Indian Squash Open, and did well to win 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Syafiq fell to a shock 11-13, 13-15, 9-11 defeat to Pakistan’s Nasir Iqbal in the second round.

The 25-year-old Syafiq, ranked 79th in the world, fought hard in the first two sets but the world No. 81 Nasir was just too strong for the Malaysian.

Nasir, 27, will face fourth seed Christopher Gordon of the United States in the quarter-final.

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