ELSAYED'S AMERICAN FANTASTIC FOUR
Ahmed Aly Elsayed reversed last year's final outcome to claim his fourth United States National Snooker Championship.
Held at the Prince Snooker Club in Brooklyn, New York, this was the 26th edition of the biggest tournament on the United States Snooker Association (USSA) calendar. Played across a quartet of days and completed on Memorial Day Monday, the starting entry was initially split into groups with qualifiers making the Last 16 Knock-Outs.
Elsayed, who recently competed in events 1 and 2 of Q-School in England, won all six of his fixtures without dropping a frame to top Group B.
In the Last 16 and 8 he continued his perfect record with victories over Thomas Tan (3-0) and then Tim Lee (4-0). Two-time winner Ajeya Prabhakar was defeated 4-2 in the Semi-Finals.
Elsayed's opponent in the final was fellow New Yorker and defending champion Raymond Fung, who was also undefeated on route. However, Fung had to come back from 2-0 down against Henry Wong in the Last 16, eventually coming through 3-2 on the final black.
The Best-of-9 Frames final saw Elsayed take a 3-1 advantage into the mid-session interval. On the resumption he extended that lead to 4-1, and although Fung chalked up Frame 6, the job was complete for Elsayed in the following frame, recording a 5-2 result.
Elsayed was national champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011, although he recently lost finals in 2015, 2016 and 2017 - last year being ousted in a deciding frame by Fung.
To find more about the event and to see the full results, please visit the snookerusa.com website here.
Image above is courtesy of the United States Snooker Association
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 29th May 2018