Al-Obaidly reaches last-16 of Qatar 6Red World Cup

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Qatar’s Ali al-Obaidli reached the last-16 of the Qatar 6Red World Cup with two dom­i­nant wins at the Qatar Bil­liards and Snooker Fed­er­a­tion in Doha yes­ter­day.

In his first match, the 26-year-old beat Afghan vet­eran Saleh Mo­ham­madi 5-1 (3221, 38-31, 38-32, 9-55, 74-0, 22-17).

In his sec­ond match, he breezed past Pak­istani teenager Haris Tahir. The 18-year-old opened well with a 62-0 win in the first frame, but couldn’t with­stand the sus­tained pres­sure from al-Obaidli, who won 5-2 (0-62, 39-5, 34-11, 40-7, 8-54, 42-32, 35-25).

Al-Obaidli ex­pressed de­light at his wins, adding that it was even more spe­cial given the large num­ber of highly-ranked play­ers that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s edi­tion. He said that he is con­fi­dent of pro­duc­ing bet­ter per­for­mances in the lat­ter stages of the tour­na­ment. Al-Obaidli and Thai­land’s Thanawat Ti­rapong­pai­boon stayed un­beaten in Group B and the two play­ers will face off to­day. As many as 54 play­ers are play­ing in the tour­na­ment that will con­clude on Jan­uary 15.

Talk­ing dur­ing the draw cer­e­mony on Fri­day, In­ter­na­tional Bil­liards & Snooker Fed­er­a­tion (IBSF) pres­i­dent Mubarak alKha­yarain said that given the level of the play­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion, it was too close to call.

He wel­comed all the par­tic­i­pat­ing del­e­ga­tions to Doha, wish­ing them a strong show­ing. He stressed that the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee was keen on pro­vid­ing all the fa­cil­i­ties nec­es­sary for the par­tic­i­pants to per­form to their po­ten­tial.

The draw was held un­der the su­per­vi­sion of head of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee of the cham­pi­onship Shoeib Khan, and head of the com­pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee Ihab An­war.

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