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Sajjad, Asjad, Asif reach last-32 round

Sajjad, Asjad, Asif reach last-32 round

KARACHI: Pakistani trio made it to the last-32 knockout round in the Sangsom 6-Reds pro-am world snooker championship in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Top four players from eight groups advanced into the knockout stage. All the three Pakistani cueists finished third in their respective groups.

Drawn in group B, Mohammad Sajjad suffered his second defeat when he went down 4-5 to Scotland’s Anthony McGill in the last fixture on Wednesday. He finished with three wins and two defeats.

Asjad Iqbal was stretched to full distance by England’s Joe Perry before imposing to 5-4 victory. He won the duel 0-67, 44-0, 57-0, 0-59, 6-61, 41-0, 24-39, 35-5, 44-0. The triumph helped him register his third victory besides two defeats in the group F.

Despite tasting three defeats, former world amateur snooker champion Mohammad Asif also sneaked into the last 32-round from group C.




Meanwhile, Asjad is pitted against Ryan Day of Wales in the last-32 match on Thursday at 11am. Asif will be up against Tanawat Tirapongpaiboon of Thailand while Sajjad faces Graeme Dott of Scotland in the next session at 2pm.

Results:

Mohammad Asif bt Noppadon Noppachorn (Thailand) 5-3 (70-0, 38-29, 62-1, 19-29, 47-0, 9-55, 1-55, 46-43); Anthony Mc Gill (Scotland) bt Mohammad Sajjad 5-4 (15-45, 31-43, 47-0, 40-28, 9-45, 0-73, 29-17, 35-7, 44-5); Asjad Iqbal bt Joe Perry (England) 5-4 (0-67, 44-0, 57-0, 0-59, 6-61, 41-0, 24-39, 35-5, 44-0); Judd Trump (England) bt Mohammad Asif 5-2 (0-63, 10-45, 34-0, 37-0, 40-0, 53-6, 46-5).

Tuesday’s results:

Mohammad Asif bt Ahmed Galal (Egypt) 5-0 (58-12, 55-6, 37-16, 51-12, 38-14); Matthew Stevens (Wales) bt Asjad Iqbal 5-1 (39-25, 44-0, 23-41, 33-23, 38-4, 62-10); Mohammad Sajjad bt John Higgins (Scotland) 5-3 (39-7, 0-38, 17-42, 42-16, 36-0, 0-67, 35-0, 34-29); Asjad Iqbal bt Rory Thor (Malaysia) 5-3 (40-0, 2-35, 72-0, 26-22, 42-0, 6-42, 1-43, 34-10); Kristjan Helgason (Island) bt Mohammad Asif 5-4 (22-38, 61-0, 77-0, 42-6, 0-45, 16-49, 12-42, 42-8, 54-5); Mohammad Sajjad bt Boonyarit Keattikul (Thailand) 5-3 (60-1, 29-2, 9-50, 32-33, 39-2, 31-28, 16-39, 78-2).

Thursday’s fixtures:

Last 32-round:

Asjad Iqbal v Ryan Day (Wales); Mohammad Asif v Tanawat Tirapongpaiboon (Thailand); Mohammad Sajjad v Graeme Dott (Scotland).

Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2015

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