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Thai Saenia thrash Yasin to win Asian Snooker crown

18 June, 2007

KARACHI: Ruthless Supoj Saenia of Thailand thrashed Yasin Merchant of India 7-0 in the final of 23rd NJI Asian Snooker Championship at Darbar Hall of Sheraton Hotel on Sunday.

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The 26-year-old from Bangkok, Saenia, who started with defeat on the opening day against Pakistan’s Khurram Agha, maintained his country’s domination and reaffirmed his class with a resounding victory.

 

The 40-year-old veteran Yasin Merchant, who won the continental title in 1989 and 2001, failed to produce whatever armoury he got in his cue. Playing at his brilliant best, 2001 Asian U-21 champion Supoj raced to 77-26, 69-68, 78-16, 63-29, 59-26, 64-52, 99-26 triumph in just under three hours contest.

 

CEO NJI Tahir Ahmed presented the winners trophy and cash prize of US$ 2500 to Supoj Saenia while President of Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports (ACBS) Sindhu Pulsiriwong of Thailand handed over the runner-up trophy to Yasin Merchant with cash purse of USD1250.

 

Sindh Minister Adil Siddiqui, PBSA President Ali Asghar Valika, Secretary Aspi Mavalwala, Alamgir Shaikh and other officials of the association were also present at the glittering prize distribution ceremony.

Adil Siddiqui announced Rs 100,000 for Khurram Agha on behalf of Sindh Government for reaching the semifinal while AKD Group and PBSA also announced Rs 50,000 each for Pakistan player.

 

Lanky Thai cueist, Saenia peaked at the right time with impeccable cue control and masterly dipping of the multicoloured he outplayed Yasin in all departments of the game.

Bespectacled Yasin Merchant, who in pre-final came from 2-4 defeat to displace Khurram Agha 6-4 on Saturday.


 
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