Multi Cuesports – 2017 Asian Indoor Games
19th-26th September / Billiard Sports Arena, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
THAILAND WOMEN CLAIM GOLD AND SILVER - DAY 5 REVIEW
17 year old Nutcharut Wongharuthai defeated fellow Thai Waratthanun Sukritthanes in the Gold Medal match of the 2017 Asian Indoor Games Women's 6 Reds Snooker event.
The teenager continues to win awards on the international circuit - earlier this year in China she defended the IBSF Women's World Under 21 Championship. Here she eliminated Floriza Andal (Philippines) 4-2 and Ka Kai Wan (Hong Kong) 4-1 in the Quarter and Semi-Finals respectively.
On route to the Final Sukritthanes was impressive in getting the better of Hyemin Choi (South Korea) 4-0 in the Preliminary Round, Vidya Pillai (India) 4-1 in the Last 8 and current WLBS World Champion Ng On Yee (Hong Kong) in the Last 4; Pillai had lost to Ng in that World Final in Singapore.
23 year old Sukritthanes constructed a 60 break in her opener, and a quartet of 30 plus efforts against Ng.
However, the Gold Medal encounter was a one sided result, with the younger of the pair recording a 4-0 victory.
Elsewhere in the Snooker programme, the Men's Team Final on Sunday will be contested between Iran and Qatar.
The Iranian trio of Hossein Vafaei, Soheil Vahedi and Amir Sarkhsoh made the Final after wins over South Korea 3-0, India 3-2 and then Afghanistan 3-1 in the Semis.
Qatar upset arguably the favourites, China, 3-1 in the other Semi-Final tie. The team made up of former professional Ahmad Saif, Ali Nasser Al Obaidli and Khamis Nasser Al Obaid also had wins over host nation Turkmenistan (3-0, First Round) and a strong looking Thailand team made up of ex-main tour players Issara Kachaiwong and Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (3-2, Quarter-Finals).
For the complete results across the various events, please visit the official website here.
The above picture is courtesy of Daphne Leong.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 23nd September 2017