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Fung Defends Prince Club Tour Title
filed on Sunday, February 28, 2010.   19:17 PT/USA

Defending champion Raymond Fung has defeated the reigning United States National Snooker Champion, Ahmed Aly Elsayed, to secure victory at Event 2 of the 2010 United States Snooker Association Tour at the Prince Snooker Club in Brooklyn, New York.

In what was a repeat of last year's semifinal of the United States National Snooker Championship at the same venue, Fung gained revenge for his comprehensive loss to Aly, however the match did go down to the final colored balls in the final frame.

Aly gained the early initiative by taking an early 2-0 advantage in the final assisted by respective runs of 34 and 67, but Fung's own break of 67 in frame three reduced his arrears to 2-1.

Fung then got back on level terms has he decisively claimed the fourth frame, and then forged 3-2 ahead as he sealed the following frame by pocketing a respotted black ball.

Aly however would not go down without a tremendous battle on the green baize, and he insured the match would be settled by a final frame shoot-out as he compiled a break of 40 which helped him nail frame six.

Fung was to hold his in that final frame as he took the title on the final colored balls, which will give him much confidence as he prepares his game for his National Championship challenge later in the year.

Winner of Event 2 of the 2010 United States Snooker Association
Tour, Raymond Fung
(right), pictured with runner-up, Ahmed Aly
Photo SnookerUSA.com

Group A (Best-of-3-frames) Matches Frames
Pos. Player 1 2 3 4 Won Loss Won Loss Diff.
1 Raymond Fung - 2 2 2 3 0 6 0 6
2* Kashif Rashid 0 - 1 2 1 2 3 3 0
3 Gary Cheung 0 2 - 1 1 2 3 3 0
4 Sam Xue 0 1 2 - 1 2 3 3 0
* kashif Rashid placed second by way of three-way tie-breaking draw
 
Group B (Best-of-3-frames) Matches Frames
Pos. Player 1 2 3   Won Loss Won Loss Diff.
1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed - 2 2   2 0 4 0 4
2 Nelson Chan 0 - 2   1 1 2 2 0
3 Jerry Cutler 0 0 -   0 2 0 4 -4
 
Group C (Best-of-3-frames) Matches Frames
Pos. Player 1 2 3   Won Loss Won Loss Diff.
1 Paul Carbin - 2 1   1 1 3 2 1
2 Laszlo Kavacs 0 - 2   1 1 2 2 0
3 Henry Wong 2 0 -   1 1 2 2 0
 
Group D (Best-of-3-frames) Matches Frames
Pos. Player 1 2 3 4 Won Loss Won Loss Diff.
1 Kyle Sim - 2 2 2 3 0 6 1 5
2 Sridhar Shrinivasan 0 - 2 2 2 1 4 3 1
3 Tim Lee 1 0 - 2 1 2 3 4 -1
4 Chen Yan Jun 0 1 0 - 0 3 1 6 -5

Fung had an untroubled path toward the final as he won Group A without the loss of a single frame, and then proceeded to gain a 3-0 quarterfinal win over Group C runner-up, Laszlo Kavacs, and compiled a top run of 61 in taking out his semifinal opponent, Kyle Sim, who won Group D, by a 4-1 scoreline.

Aly was victorious in Group B as he claimed top spot undefeated without the loss of a frame too, and he comfortably produced a 3-0 quarterfinal success over kashif Rashid, who gained runner-up position in Group A, before then booking his final berth with the Tour Event's highest break of 75 during his 4-2 semifinal win over Group C winner, Paul Carbin.

The Tour now moves onto Mountain View in California when the season's Tour Event 3 will take place at the California Billiard Club over the weekend of March 13 & 14.

For the whole Tour schedule and entry details please click on the following link:
2010 USSA Tour entry details

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