Abdulmajeed in pre-quarterfinals
Qatar’s Bashar Abdulmajeed joined Ali al-Obaidli in the knockouts of the Qatar 6Red World Cup yesterday. While al-Obaidli had already confirmed his last 16 spot on Saturday itself with two victories, Abdulmajeed picked up two contrasting victories yesterday at the Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation Hall to punch his ticket to the business end of the tournament.
While Abdulmajeed had missed out on a win on Saturday against Egypt’s Mohamed Khairy, yesterday, he opened with a dominant 5-1 win over Indian veteran Alok Kumar.
However, Ireland’s Greg Casey, in search of his first main draw win of the tournament, pushed the 37-year-old to the edge, before Abdulmajeed fought back for a 5-4 victory.
Casey even blanked Abdulmajeed in two frames, including a 75-point break, taking a 4-2 lead. However, Abdulmajeed stitched together a run of three frames for a memorable victory. Abdulmajeed will now face Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the last 16.
Earlier in the day, al-Obaidli, who had won both his matches on Saturday, fought well against Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon before the latter won 5-3.
Al-Obaidli will face Tirapongpaiboon’s countryman, Pongsakorn Chongjairak, in the pre-quarters.
India’s Pankaj Advani, who was among eight unbeaten players in the group stages, finished as the top seed, having lost just four frames in the campaign, after the preliminary stages and will face compatriot Dhvaj Haria in the last 16 stage.
Pakistani trio — Mohamed Bilal, Babar Masih and Mohamed Majid Ali — placed second, third and fourth respectively after the group stages.