Addeen books his first semis ticket of the year but he’s far from thrilled


PETALING JAYA: Addeen Idrakie (pic) finally got the monkey off his back by reaching his first semi-final in an international tournament this year.

The 27-year-old lived up to his billing to beat Pakistan youngster Hamza Khan 3-11, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 13-11 in the quarter-finals of the Equinox Boston Open on Friday.

It’s the first time that he had gone beyond the quarter-finals this year after missing the mark in the Squash on Fire, South State Bank Marietta and Cincinnati Queen – all competitions in the United States.

Despite clearing the hurdle, world No. 112 Addeen was not in the mood to celebrate as he felt that he could have done better against the 16-year-old Hamza, who is a world ranked 552 player.

“Honestly, I was not at my best. My effort was not good enough, and I did not really enjoy the match,” said Addeen.

“Hamza was looking to attack my body rather than play the ball.

I used my experience to get the win on the court. Thank God I managed to get into the next round.”

In the semi-final, Addeen will face world No. 204 Marwan Tarek from Egypt, and it will be their first encounter on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour.

The Malaysian has to be wary as the 21-year-old Egyptian shocked fifth-seed and world No. 82 Shawn DeLierre of Canada 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 in the quarter-finals to get into the last four.

“He is a good player, and this is evident as he has shocked one of the top seeds. I will not take him lightly.

“I will focus on my playing my best squash and perform better than the match against Hamza.”

QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS

Men: Marwan Tarek (Egy) bt Shawn DeLierre (Can) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6; Addeen Idrakie (Mas) bt Hamza Khan (Pak) 3-11, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 13-11; Ronald Palomino (Col) bt Michael McCue (Can) 11-3, 11-8, 11-5; David Baillargeon (Can) bt Nick Sachvie (Can) 13-11, 7-11, 11-8,11-6

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