Shehab stuns HK’s Lee in Asian opener

Mohamed Shehab, the UAE No.1 won his opening 2013 Asian Snooker Championship first round match beating fancied Andy Lee of Hong Kong 4-2 at the Sheraton Karachi on Saturday night.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Tue 30 Apr 2013, 12:31 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:46 AM

Mohammed Al Joakar, the other UAE player taking part in the championship, was to start his campaign on Sunday, facing Singapore veteran Marvin Lim and little-known Pakistani Abdul Sattar in Group G first round action. The other two players in the group are Mohammad Rais Senzai of Afghanistan and Susantha Botheju of Sri Lanka.

Shehab has been placed in Group H, which besides Lee also includes teenage Thai Boonyarit Keatikun, Ahmed Saif of Qatar and Shahid Aftab of the host country. The top ranked UAE player, a former Asian Indoor Games gold medallist, was expected to face a tough challenge from Lee and it did turn out to be so.

Shehab took the first frame on last pink 71-62 and then held his opponent scoreless to grab the second 73-0 for a 2-0 lead. He further consolidated his grip on the match by landing the third 60-23.

However, Lee then got going and won the tight fourth frame 51-30 before he scored a fine break of 98 points in the fifth to reduce the margin to 3-2. Shehab kept his cool in the low-scoring sixth frame for a 49-8 win that gave him the match.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting of the GCC Snooker & Billiard Organisation Committee was held over the meeting in Dubai was presided over by the UAE Billiards & Snooker Association (UAEBSA) Secretary-General Sultan Al Joakar presiding over.

The meeting agreed to host the 2013 GCC Snooker Championship in Oman in October while the 2013 GCC Pool-Billiard Championship will be staged in Dubai in December.

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