Amir Sarkhosh from Iran has successfully defended his Asian Snooker title after defeating Malaysian player Thor Chuan Leong 5-1 in the final that was played today at the QBSF Academy in Doha Qatar. The QNB Asian Snooker Championship’s Men category event started on 11th March where 52 players from 26 Asian countries contested in the title race. Being the defending champion, Amir was placed in Group A where he defeated Yazan Alhadad (Syria) 4-0, Tamer Elmasri (Jordan) 4-1 and Eissa Ali Al Hashmi (UAE) 4-2 to top the group and advanced to the knockout stage. From the knockouts, Amir reached the medals round of Last-4 by defeaing Saleh Mohammed of Afghanistan 4-2 with some sparkling breaks of 73, 78 and 72 in first three frames. Against Fung Kwok Wai of Hong Kong in the next match, Amir scored two breaks of 67 and 54 in first frame and then advanced towards the victory of 4-2 to reach medals round. The semi-final match was totally one-sided where Amir defeated his year’s final match opponent Ishpreet Singh of India 5-0. He was a match away from retaining his Asian Snooker title and for that he met Thor Chuan Leong of Malaysia today in the Best of 9 frames final. Amir took some extra time for winning the first frame but after that he speed up to win next three frames with a well crafted break of 97 in third frame. Although Thor managed to win fifth frame but not enough to stop the storm named Amir as in the next frame Amir potted with precision to oust Thor from the frame and claimed 5-1 victory to retain the Asian Snooker title one more time. Amir received Winners’ trophy from ACBS President Mr. Abu Salem Al Nuaimi at the presentation ceremony.

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