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Francisco Sanchez Ruiz won the 2018 Spanish National Snooker Championship this weekend.

Competing players traveled to the Club Billar Valencia Snooker venue for this three day event that featured a double elimination qualifying format for the quarter-final knockouts.

Sanchez Ruiz, perhaps better known for his achievements on the pool table, emerged from the losers' section after a defeat against Aleix Melia in the winners' qualification round.

Having defeated Oliver Rodriguez to secure his knockouts berth, Sanchez Ruiz eliminated World Cup of 9-Ball Pool Spanish teammate and 2017 World Pool Masters Champion David Alcaide 4-2 in the last 8.

He repeated that scoreline over Daan Leyssen in the semi-finals and then gained revenge for his earlier loss when getting the better of Melia, 5-2, in the final.

26-year-old Sanchez Ruiz claimed the title, trophy and an invitation to the 2019 European Amateur Snooker Championships.

2018 Spanish National Snooker Championship

Results (from the Quarter-Finals onwards)

Undefeated players on the left hand side

Daan Leyssen 4-2 F. Ridriguez 

David Alcaide 2-4 Francisco Sanchez Ruiz

​Aleix Melia 4-1 Joaquin Marin

Diego Rey 4-2 Juan Gasques


Leyssen 2-4 Sanchez Ruiz

Melia 4-1 Rey


​Sanchez Ruiz 5-2 Melia

Credit for photo above - Valencia Snooker Facebook page

Article written and published by Michael Day on the 9th December 2018