Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif has won the World Snooker Championship in Turkey for the second time. He defeated Jeffrey Rod of Philippines in the final. Asif reached the final beating Thailand`s Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn in the semi final.
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.
Asif won the first three frames to take an early 3-0 lead with frame scores of 68-35, 88-00 and 69-1. However, the Philippines player made a strong comeback with a century break of 105 in the fourth frame, according to the match report on IBSF’s official website.
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.
In a message sent to the media following his win, Asif
“This wasn’t an easy tournament for me, but I was focused to win for my country,” he said.