Weary Addeen eyes possible last eight clash with Syafiq in Boston

PETALING JAYA: Addeen Idrakie is hoping for a dream clash with Mohd Syafiq Kamal in the Equinox Boston Open from Sept 30 to Oct 3.

The 27-year-old Addeen has switched his attention to the Boston meet after his challenge in the Cincinnati Queens Open ended with a 4-11, 7-11, 6-11 defeat to second seed Auguste Dussourd in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The eighth seed ran out of steam a day after coming through a tough 86-minute match to beat Egypt’s Karim Elbarbary 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 in the second round.

Addeen said he suffered cramps twice after the match against Elbarbary.

“The game against Karim really pushed me to the limit. When I was warming down, I cramped up twice. I guess my legs were not strong enough for the game against Auguste,” said Addeen.

“He is a good player, but if my game against Karim was shorter, I could have done better against the Frenchman.

“I’ve learnt something – that I need to get solid wins, not go for the distance. If I win games easily, then my progression will be better.”

In the Boston meet, there is a chance for Addeen and Syafiq to make it an all-Malaysian affair in the quarter-finals.

Addeen received a first-round bye and will meet either Connor Tuck or Nick Sachvie, both from Canada, in the second round.

Syafiq, who also received a first-round bye, will face either Belgium’s Joeri Harpers or Pakistan’s Hamza Khan in the second round. If both Addeen and Syafiq win their second-round ties, they will meet in the quarter-final.

“I hope to get past the second round and hope that Syafiq wins it too. It would be nice to face a fellow Malaysian in the quarters.

“The Boston tournament will be my last tournament here before I return to Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

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