Awais Muneer reaches final of Asian Snooker Championship

Pakistani cueist won the semi-final battle 4-1

February 22, 2024
Awais is the first Pakistani since 2015 to qualify for the final of the tournament. - Asian Snooker Championship

KARACHI: Awais Muneer reached the Asian Snooker Championship final currently taking place in Doha, Qatar.

In the semi-final, Awais defeated Iran's Amir Sarkosh. The Pakistani cueist won the semi-final battle 4-1.

Pakistani player displayed excellent control, defeating his opponent 4-1, denying him the opportunity to play in the fourth and overall fifth final. Awais won the first frame with a score of 57-36, but in the second frame, Amir Sarkosh made a brilliant comeback, not allowing Owais to pot a single ball.

With a defeat of 80-0 in the second frame, the competition was level at 1-1. After an equaliser, Awais once again took control of the game, winning the next three frames with scores of 75-17, 67-47, and 69-32, securing his qualification for the final.

Awais is the first Pakistani since 2015 to qualify for the final of the Asian Snooker Championship. In 2015, Pakistan's Hamza Akbar played in the event's final and won the title.

On February 21, Awais defeated India's former world champion Pankaj Advani to make it into the quarter-finals. Pakistan's other cueist Naseem Akhtar had also qualified for the top 8.

Awais defeated Pankaj Advani by 4-2. The match started with good competition, and the Best of Seven encounter was evenly poised at two frames each. Awais played a break of 112 in the fifth frame against Advani and secured victory, showcasing excellent control. In the sixth frame as well, he demonstrated superb control and clinched the win.

Meanwhile, Naseem faced a tough challenge against Qatar's Ali Aloubaidli in a thrilling encounter and lost 3-4. After the match was levelled at 3-3, Naseem played a decisive break of 94 in the final frame, sealing victory over his opponent.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.