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Seth crafts a masterful comeback in Doha
filed on Monday, November 21, 2016.   13:35 PT/USA

On his debut competing for the United States, Amitabh Seth came back from a 2-0 deficit to win his first Group B match 3-2 in the Masters' Event of the 2016 International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championships at the Al-Sadd Sports Club Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

The 48-year-old was up against Jahangir Habibzadehdehkordi, and it was the Iranian who made a flying start as he went into a commanding 2-0 advantage, however Seth then completely turned the tables on his opponent and strung together the following three frames to record a useful 3-2 win after an epic battle that lasted for over five hours, and keeps his hopes alive of advancing into the knockout stage of the event after losing his first two matches.

Seth will play his fourth group match on November 23 at 1pm (2am Pacific Time / 5am Eastern Time in the United States) against Iceland's Jón Ingi Ćgisson.

Amitabh Seth pictured during his epic victory over Jahangir Habibzadehdehkordi - © IBSF
Amitabh Seth pictured during his epic victory over Jahangir Habibzadehdehkordi
© IBSF

After heavily losing his first Group I match in the Men's Event, the three times United States National Snooker Champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed was under pressure to try and gain a win in order to help his chances of qualifying for the knockout stage. However his opponent, the 20-year-old former professional from Switzerland, Alexander Ursenbacher, proved too strong on this occasion as he ran out a comfortable 4-0 winner to leave Aly's hopes of progression in the balance and now must win his final group match.

Ahmed Aly Elsayed pictured during his match against Alexander Ursenbacher - © Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation
Ahmed Aly Elsayed pictured during his match against Alexander Ursenbacher
© Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation

Ajeya Prabhakar was also in Men's Event action hoping to follow up on his previous victory, but he too fell to Issara Kachaiwong in Group K after taking a 1-0 advantage with a break of 56, the Thai player reeled off four successive frames with respective breaks of 64, 91, 82 and 72.

Aly will play Bahrain's Khalil Busaif in his final group match which commences on November 24 at 10am local time (11pm Pacific Time / 2am Eastern Time in the United States), and Prabhakar will play his penultimate group match against Saudi Arabia's Ahmed Sarhan on November 23 at 10am local time.

Aly's Men's Event playing schedule and results:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group I Match 1: November 20, 2016 lost to Declan Brennan (Ireland) 0 - 4
Group I Match 2: November 21, 2016 lost to Alexander Ursenbacher (Switzerland) 0 - 4
Group I Match 3: November 24, 2016 10am start - vs. Khalil Busaif (Bahrain)

Prabhakar's Men's Event playing schedule and results:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group K Match 1: November 20, 2016 defeated Sean Corkish (Isle of Man) 4 - 3
Group K Match 2: November 21, 2016 lost to Issara Kachaiwong (Thailand) 1 - 4
Group K Match 3: November 23, 2016 10am start - vs. Ahmed Sarhan (Saudi Arabia)
Group K Match 4: November 24, 2016 4pm start - vs. Mohammad Alqraini (Jordan)

Kovacs' Men's Event playing schedule and results:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group S Match 1: November 19, 2016 lost to Keen Hoo Moh (Malaysia) 0 - 4
Group S Match 2: November 22, 2016 1pm start - vs. Daegyu Lee (South Korea)
Group S Match 3: November 23, 2016 1pm start - vs. Ivan Kakovsky (Russia)
Group S Match 4: November 24, 2016 4pm start - vs. Wayne Townsend (England)

Seth's Masters' Event playing schedule and results:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group B Match 1: November 19, 2016 lost to Mohammed Al Joaker (United Arab Emirates) 0 - 3
Group B Match 2: November 20, 2016 lost to Shane Gorman (Ireland) 0 - 3
Group B Match 3: November 21, 2016 defeated Jahangir Habibzadehdehkordi (Iran) 3 - 2
Group B Match 4: November 23, 2016 1pm start - vs. Jón Ingi Ćgisson (Iceland)
Group B Match 5: November 24, 2016 7pm start - vs. Andrey Vill (Russia)

Szafransky's Masters' Event playing schedule and results:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group C Match 1: November 19, 2016 lost to Rupesh Shah (India) 0 - 3
Group C Match 2: November 20, 2016 lost to Johny Moermans (Belgium) 1 - 3
Group C Match 3: November 22, 2016 10am start - vs. Darren Morgan (Wales)
Group C Match 4: November 23, 2016 1pm start - vs. Farhad Sayfoo (Mauritius)
Group C Match 5: November 24, 2016 7pm start - vs. Nasser Bomejdad (Kuwait)

SnookerUSA.com will report on all of the match results, though a complete list of the Group draws and results from each of the events is available on the official scoring website:
» Men's Event    » Ladies' Event    » Masters' Event

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