KARACHI: Reigning national U-17 champion Ahsan Ramzan produced quite a mix when he pulled off the greatest upset to day by humbling top seed and also owner Mohammad Asif 5-2 as 2nd seed Mohammad Sajjad smashed optimum break of 147, very first by a cueist in a ranking event, in the NBP 46th National Snooker Championship at the financial institution’s sporting activities complex on Saturday.
The 16-year-old Ahsan send shockwaves when he reduced two-time world champ Asif to dimension, signing up a reliable victory in the quarter-final to remain in opinion for his initial national title.
Promising Ahsan that is much younger and unskilled as contrasted to his challenger, was home 70-57, 44-83, 71-33, 93-45, 78-49, 13-67, 80-0.
The 39-year-old Asif that was unbeaten so far went to the obtaining end and also could just win 2 frameworks.
“Ahsan played well as well as it was his day to beam’, seasoned Asif informed Dawn, adding that Ahsan had the potential to rise and also make his mark in future.
Sajjad was extended to the limit by Sindh’s Zulfiqar A. Qadir prior to winning 100-8, 147-0, 72-0, 52-77, 53-70, 1-64, 42-66, 55-35, 94-28.
It was a treat to enjoy Sargodha-based Sajjad attaining landmark of 147 break in the second frame to end up being the initial Pakistani cueist accomplishing the honour at the nationwide level competitors.
In yet one more trouble, unseeded Haris Tahir, bronze-medallist of the Oriental males’s snooker at Doha recently, breezed past 3rd seed as well as former nationwide champion Shahid Aftab 5-2 to join the winning quartet. He pranced residence 74-44, 68-24, 29-65, 43-64, 79-51, 72-0, 76-1.
8th seed Babar Masih made short work of Sindh’s qualifier Mohammad Faizan 5-1 (64-30, 100-27, 131-1, 74-12, 55-79, 61-8).
Sajjad is attracted to meet Haris in the very first semi-final at 10am while Ahsan is pitted against Babar in the second at 12.30 pm on Sunday.
Results (quarter-finals): Mohammad Sajjad (Punjab) bt Zulfiqar A.Qadir (Sindh) 5-4 (100-8, 147-0, 72-0, 52-77, 53-70, 1-64, 42-66, 55-35, 94-28); Haris Tahir (Punjab) bt Shahid Aftab (Punjab) 5-2 (74-44, 68-24, 29-65, 43-64, 79-51, 72-0, 76-1); Ahsan Ramzan (Punjab) bt Mohammad Asif (Punjab) 5-2 (70-57, 44-83, 71-33, 93-45, 78-49, 13-67, 80-0); Babar Masih (Punjab) bt Mohammad Faizan (Sindh) 5-1 (64-30, 100-27, 131-1, 74-12, 55-79, 61-8).