THE AMATEUR ANGLE - SANCHEZ RUIZ'S SPANISH SUCCESS
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