Muhammad Asif wins second world snooker title
Pakistani cueist Muhammad Asif won his second world title after beating Philippines player Jeffrey Roda 8-5 in the final of IBSF World Snooker Championship 2019 played in Turkey’s Antalya on Saturday.
He completed the best-of-15 frames triumph with scores of 68-35, 88-0, 69-17, 28-73, 5-118, 93-0, 69-1, 72-57, 10-93, 77-04, 21-65, 54-66 and 68-51.
Asif, who hails from Faisalabad, had won his first world title in 2012 in Bulgaria. His rival Roda also secured any medal for his country after a gap of 27 years.
The Pakistani cueist appeared on track to bag an easy victory after winning first three frames in quick succession. However, the Philippines player made a strong comeback with a century break of 105 in the fourth frame.
Both players then won four frames each to reach 7-5 before entering into the crucial 13th frame, in which Roda fought hard but Asif held his nerve to come on top of his opponent and won the match 8-5.
Asif defeated Thailand’s Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn 7-0 in the semifinal on Friday. He completed the victory with a score of 88-41, 65-20, 86-35, 54-02, 73-17, 69-51 and 78-77.
The Pakistani cueist, in a message, said he was dedicating his victory to the Pakistani nation and the Kashmiri brethren. “This wasn’t an easy event at all. But I remained focused as I was determined to win for my country,” he said.