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Kritsanut wins at last to secure all titles for Asia

Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn of Thailand Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn of Thailand IBSF Media

The World Snooker Championships 2019 for Men, Masters and Women has now reached into the medals round where all four players of each category are from Asia. With that these three titles are now confirmed for Asian region countries.


The last match of the quarter finals round was between Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn against Heikki Niva of Finland, which Kritsanut won 6-5 to rule out any other regions claim on the title.

The match was exciting where Heikki fought quite hard and at one stage he was about to confirm the medal but narrowly missed that.

Kritsanut started with break of 86 points and won next frame too to obtain two frames lead. From third frame onwards, Heikki taken over the charge not only to recover but to lead 3-2.

Kritsanut again sent two breaks of 83 and 53 and moved ahead to lead 4-3 but Heikki countered him back with breaks of 67 and 71 and the score was 5-4. Heikki was on best chance to secure the match after leading by nearly 35 points in 10th frame but failed to pot much needed black and slipped.

In the decider, Kritsanut sent two effective breaks of around 30 points and secured the match and medal for him.

Earlier Women and Masters categories saw two big upsets, where multiple time world champion Wendy Jans and defending champion for masters Darren Morgan lost their respective matches.

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