Addeen returns sad but wiser

PETALING JAYA: A poor start in the semi-finals of the Boston Open saw Addeen Idrakie (pic) returning home disappointed after wrapping up his United States’ stint.

The 27-year-old surprisingly went down 5-11, 13-11, 6-11, 6-11 to lower-ranked Marwan Tarek yesterday. The Egyptian will now face second seed and Canada’s world No. 74 David Baillargeon for the title.

Addeen, the world No. 114, admitted that he did not have the best of starts against the world No. 204.

“I made way too many mistakes in the first set. I bounced back in the second but only to wilt in the third. Eventually, fatigue got to me and I was moving too slow,” said Addeen, who turned pro nine years ago.

Addeen will now be out to make amends in the SRAM PSA 6 event at the end of this month.

While in the US, Addeen took part in the Squash on Fire, South State Bank Marietta and the Cincinnati Queen where he failed to go beyond the quarter-finals.

“What I’ve learnt from this trip is the importance of recovery after hard-fought matches. I have to be aggressive in opening rounds and conserve energy for subsequent matches.

“This year has been tough in terms of rankings. I was 87th in 2018 but now, I’m out of the top 100. I plan to fix that in the next few months.”

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