Almighty Aly Secures Third U.S. National Snooker Title
filed on Sunday, July 3, 2011. 6:25pm PT/USA
Ahmed Aly Elsayed has created snooker history in the United States by becoming the first player to win three successive United States National Snooker Championship titles, after his victory over Ajeya Prabhakar in this year's final at the Prince Snooker Club in Brooklyn, New York.
Tom Kollins, who came close to defeating Aly in the quarterfinals of this Championship, still holds the record of five titles but the Chicagoan never won three of those consecutively.
In what was a repeat of the 2009 final also staged at the Prince Snooker Club, Prabhakar appeared to be drained as a result of his earlier semifinal tussle, and this was reflected in his play as the 31-year-old former Egyptian national player, who now resides in Brooklyn, comfortably took the first two frames assisted by a break of 54 in frame two.
The five-times United States National Snooker Champion and Class 3 International Referee Tom
Kollins (center) pictured with Ahmed Aly Elsayed (left) and Ajeya Prabhakar prior to refereeing the final
Photo © SnookerUSA.com
Former champion Prabhakar, who had a very successful campaign on this year's United States Snooker Association (USSA) Tour in winning three events, picked up his performance in the next frame though as he fired in breaks of 56 and 40 to trail 2-1.
However Aly took a 3-1 advantage into the mid-session interval after comprehensively securing frame four, and on the resumption of play his confidence grew as he compiled an excellent break of 70 to go 4-1 ahead and needing just one more frame for victory.
In that final two years ago, Aly also held a commanding 4-1 advantage only for Prabhakar to storm his way back and take it to a deciding frame.
The 2011 United States National Snooker Champion, Ahmed Aly Elsayed (right),
pictured with runner-up, Ajeya Prabhakar, and their respective trophies
Photo © SnookerUSA.com
With Aly now on-the-hill it was an edgy sixth frame that went down to the final colored balls in which Prabhakar pocketed to reduce his arrears to 4-2.
Aly's nerves would have now started to jangle particularly as Prabhakar also won frame seven on the colors, and he was in for an eighth frame clearance to level the match. However he missed the final green ball in developing the blue off the cushion, which ultimately cost him and Aly wrapped up the frame and match for a 5-3 victory.
Aly's victory has helped him secure support from the prestigious New York Athletic Club (NYAC) who have offered him sponsorship to compete in future international snooker events. The NYAC's billiard room, which is on the 10th floor of its City House located at 180 Central Park South in Manhattan, New York, has four full-sized snooker tables which are maintained in impeccable condition.
The USSA would like to thank all the players from the New York City area and those who came from all over the United States to compete, and also offer their many thanks and gratitude to Tommy Chen, the proprietor of the Prince Snooker Club, for his kindness and generosity in hosting yet another wonderful Championship.
||Ahmed Aly Elsayed (New York)
||5 - 3
||Ajeya Prabhakar (California)