The Asian 6-Red Snooker Championship title in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was bagged by Pakistan’s Awais Munir, who convincingly trounced Hong Kong’s Nansen Wan 6-3. The encounter began by the former holding a 2-2 tie. It was then that this exceptional talent, coupled with Munir’s unmatched skill and focus, gave him three consecutive frames to lead 5-2. This spirited comeback into the eighth frame by Wan was foiled by excellent control and potting displayed by Munir in the ninth and final frame. The match scores read as 0-65, 35-26, 27-36, 38-20, 0-65, 13-46, 8-60, 34-0, and 27-40.

Munir’s path to the final was quite sensational when the talented player from Pakistan gave his countryman Asjad Iqbal a good drubbing 5-2 in the semi-finals. Having trailed 0-2, Munir’s determination bailed him out, along with five successive frames that got him through to the final.

Another promise among Pakistani snooker players is Mohammad Hasnain, who came into the limelight by clinching the Asian U21 Snooker Championship. Hasnain beat fellow countryman and defending champ Ahsan Ramzan with an aggregate score of 4-3 in a very nail-biting final. Hasnain earlier had proven he was a force to reckon with at the semis by defeating Shawn Lee of Hong Kong by a crushing 4-1. Semi-final scores were 54-64, 21-59, 61-15, 10-86, and 35-63. Hasnain had also edged out India’s Ranveer Duggal 4-3 in the quarter-finals and remained undefeated during the group stage of the championship.

Ramzan, who also enjoyed an impeccable run throughout the championship, did not lose any single match before the final. His performance further glued Pakistan’s strong presence in the world of snooker and showed quite clearly through the final showdown between Hasnain and Ramzan.

These wins by Awais Munir and Mohammad Hasnain have at one time signified the growing domination of Pakistani players in the Asian snooker circuit, which proves a promise for a bright future of this game in the country.

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