Ab­dul­ma­jeed in pre-quar­ter­fi­nals

Gulf Times Sport - - SPORT - By Sports Re­porter

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.

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