Pakistan cueist Ahsan Ramzan moves to quarterfinals


Pakistan’s promising cueist and International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Champion Ahsan Ramzan continued exhibiting his brilliance at the international level as he got off to a flying start in the World Games 2022, outwitting USA’s Ahmed Aly Elsayed 3-1 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA on Thursday.

The 11th edition of the multi-sport that rolled into action on July 7 will conclude on July 17. In his opening fixture, Ahsan thrashed his rival by losing just one frame. The 16-year-old Ahsan won the first frame 73-31 but lost the second frame 58-49. He bounced back strongly to take the third frame 100-34. He continued his dominance to win the fourth frame of best of five frames with a score of 74-53. The victory saw Ahsan advancing to the quarterfinal stage where he will take on the winner of Ka Wai Cheung vs Wayne Brown’s encounter on Friday.

The 11th edition of the Games, originally planned for 2021, was postponed to 2022 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Games celebrated their première in 1981 in Santa Clara, California, and now, a little more than 40 years later, they returned to the USA. —INP


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