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Prabhakar advances as Aly just falls short
filed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.   12:35pm PT/USA

The United States' Ajeya Prabhakar has confirmed his round of 64 berth with a final group match win in the Men's Event of the 2017 International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championships at the Al-Arabi Sports Complex in Doha, Qatar, while Ahmed Aly Elsayed narrowly misses out.

Even though Prabhakar had already secured his place in the elimanation phase of the Men's Event after a sensational win against the 2015 IBSF World Under-18 Snooker Champion, Ka Wai Cheung from Hong Kong, the Californian wanted to win his last Group H match to obtain a better seeding in the round of 64 draw.

Up against Mihai Vladu, Prabhakar found himself 2-3 behind with the Romanian knocking in a run of 60 in the third frame, but the highly experienced Californian put in a tremendous performance to decisively seal the following two frames for a well deserved 4-3 victory.

Prabhakar finished on four wins from five matches along with Cheung and Iran's Siyavosh Mozayani, though due to an inferior frame difference he finished third in the group and was allocated the number 35 seeding in the round of 64 where he will face Welshman Jack Bradford tomorrow, November 23, at 5pm local time (6am Pacific Time / 9am Eastern Time in the United States).

Ahmed Aly Elsayed finally found his form in this event but unfortunately it was all a little too late for qualification into the round of 64.

The New Yorker had to win his last Group F match against E. Pandurangaiah to have any prospect of advancing, and he played a wonderful game against the 26-year-old Indian producing breaks of 61 and 57 along the way to a 4-1 victory over the player who finished in second place in the group.

Aly's slow start in the event ultimately cost him dearly, as he missed out on certain qualification by just a difference of three frames.

Omar Balsara has also bowed out at the group phase in the Men's Event, as he lost 2-4 to the very promising young talent from Syria, Yazan Alhadad.

Speaking to SnookerUSA.com after his qualification, Prabhakar commented that he has found it difficult to find his rhythm despite his excellent performances.

"The airline misplaced my cue and had to play the first couple of matches with a borrowed cue," he said. "It's been super up and down, but I made some crucial breaks at key moments to win.

"I did play well to beat the Hong Kong player, but all-in-all pretty thrilled to make it to the knockout."

He concluded: "Really sad that the other two could not make the knockout - I was really hoping that all three of us could and make it a special year!"

Aly's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group F Match 1: November 18, 10am start - lost to Ko Htet (Myanmar) 0 - 4
Group F Match 2: November 19, 1pm start - defeated Emad Seif (Yemen) 4 - 0
Group F Match 3: November 20, 10am start - lost to Mateusz Baranowski (Poland) 2 - 4
Group F Match 4: November 21, 1pm start - lost to Muhammad Asif (Pakistan) 0 - 4
Group F Match 5: November 22, 10am start - defeated E. Pandurangaiah (India) 4 - 1

Prabhakar's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group H Match 1: November 18, 4pm start - defeated Amir Abushamsiya (Palestine) 4 - 2
Group H Match 2: November 19, 4pm start - defeated Enes Bakirci (Turkey) 4 - 0
Group H Match 3: November 20, 4pm start - lost to Siyavosh Mozayani (Iran) 0 - 4
Group H Match 4: November 21, 1pm start - defeated Ka Wai Cheung (Hong Kong) 4 - 0
Group H Match 5: November 22, 10am start - defeated Mihai Vladu (Romania) 4 - 3
Round of 64: November 23, 5pm start - vs. Jack Bradford (Wales)

Balsara's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group C Match 1: November 18, 10am start - lost to Matthew Roberts (Wales) 2 - 4
Group C Match 2: November 19, 10am start - lost to Amir Sarkhosh (Iran) 3 - 4
Group C Match 3: November 21, 10am start - lost to Bashar Abdulmajeed (Qatar) 3 - 4
Group C Match 4: November 22, 10am start - lost to Yazan Alhadad (Syria) 2 - 4

SnookerUSA.com will be following the progress of all the United States players, and reporting on all of their matches.

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