AL FUJAIRAH: Wu Jiaqing of China put paid to the hopes of Qatar’s Bashar Abdulmajeed lifting the 9 Ball Pool Men’s trophy at the 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship, being held in Al Fujairah in the UAE, with a narrow 11-9 defeat in the final match on Monday. The 34-year-old Qatari who wowed the admirable fans at the Concorde Al-Fujairah Hotel venue of the event with his impressive skills and calm composure had had a fine run up to the final, dispatching some of the pre-tournament favourites on the way. Jiaqing’s challenge, however, became insurmountable for the athletic-built Abdulmajeed as he was narrowly edged by the 27-year-old “Little Genius from Taishan”, who at 16 years of age became the youngest player ever to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship in 2005. Had he defeated Jiaqing, Abdulmajeed would have made it two-in-two against the men from China after accounting for the 11-10 dispatch of Jaiqing compatriot Han Haoxiang in the semi-final match. On his part, the more experienced Jiaqing, the runner up to Darren Appleton at the WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008, trounced Salah Alrimawi of the UAE to set up the final clash against the Qatari. “It was a painful defeat for me but I have to congratulate Jiaqing on his victory. He was a worthy winner and the match was keenly contested. This is sport, you win some and you loose some. I hope to do better the next time and win. The tournament had been an eye opener for me and I must commend the organsisers (ACBS) for putting together such an impressive competition,” Abdulmajeed said.

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