Addeen to be on his toes against teen Hamza after Syafiq shocker

PETALING JAYA: Hopes for an all-Malaysian quarter-final clash at the Equinox Boston Open have been dashed with the unexpected defeat of Mohd Syafiq Kamal.

Third seed Syafiq was shocked 10-12, 7-11, 10-12 by Pakistan’s 16-year-old Hamza Khan in the second round.

If the Malaysian had won, he would be playing against teammate Addeen Idrakie in the last eight.

Seventh seed and world No. 112 Addeen had beaten Canada’s world No. 254 Connor Tuck 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 in the second round.

Both Syafiq and Addeen had earlier received first-round byes.

The 26-year-old Addeen hopes his game plan will work against world No. 552 Hamza.

“It’s unfortunate that I will not be meeting Syafiq in the last eight but I’ll be ready for the unseeded Hamza. He is quite good with his attacking play,” said Addeen.

“There is no pressure on him. I am experienced, and I will use that as an advantage.”

Before the Equinox Boston, Addeen had taken part in the Squash on Fire, South State Bank Marietta and Cincinnati Queen but he did not go beyond the quarter-finals in any one of them.

“I hope to go one better in Boston – my final stop before I return to Malaysia.” Second round: Christopher Binnie (Jam) bt Marwan Tarek (Egy) 8-11, 7-11, 6-11; Shawn DeLierre (Can) bt Mark Broekmann (Eng) 15-13, 14-12, 11-8; Addeen Idrakie (Mas) bt Connor Tuck (Can) 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6; Hamza Khan (Pak) bt Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 12-10, 11-7, 12-10; Michael McCue (Can) bt Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa) 11-9, 11-7, 11-4; Ronald Palomino (Col) bt Sam Todd (Eng) 11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3; Nick Sachvie (Can) bt Edgar Ramirez Bautista (Col) 11-9, 11-6, 11-1; David Baillargeon (Can) bt Ahsan Ayaz (Pak) 11-3, 12-10, 11-9.

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