KARACHI: Asian U21 runner-up Mohammad Majid Ali stormed into the last-32 after thrashing India’s Nitesh Madan in straight frames at their IBSF World U21 Snooker Championship last-56 match in Beijing, China.
Majid faced resistance only once in the first frame in an otherwise easy 4-0 victory as he won with game scores of 59-48, 62-28, 86-2 and 67-21. He will now face China’s Niu Zhuang.
Meanwhile, Humza Akbar also moved into the last-32 by beating Kacper Filipiak 4-1 in the initial knockout match, beating his opponent 67-0, 82-71, 76-19, 43-64 and 65-30.
Earlier in his last group match, Akbar had defeated Poland’s Adam Stefanów 4-2 to move into knockout phase with scores of 63-50, 60-23, 60-15, 38-65, 1-92 and 52-20.
Majid had won three out of his five matches in Group M which took him through to the knockout stage safely, while Akbar came up with a rescue act in the end to chalk up a crucial win in his last group match to end up with three victories from his five outings.
Pakistan’s top junior player Mohsin Amin went out of the running as he put up a disappointing show, winning just two matches out of five in Group G, while Amir sailed through Group H with three wins out of five.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.
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