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Aly Wins First Live Streamed Championship Snooker Match
filed on Saturday, May 26, 2012.   3:19pm PT/USA

Ahmed Aly Elsayed has won the first ever live internet streamed match from the United States National Snooker Championship, as the three-times and defending champion defeated fellow New Yorker Raymond Fung in the round of 16 at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel, California.

Fung, runner-up in this Championship back in 2004, advanced into the round of 16 reasonably comfortable after winning Group C, but both players failed to produce any kind of good form as the pair battled it out for a place in the quarterfinals.

Aly seemed more comfortable at the table and he took the first frame, however Fung for a moment produced some fine play in the closing stages of the second frame as he capitalized on a mistake by his opponent for a stylish clearance on the final colors to the pink.

It seemed as if Fung could then go on to take control of the match, but his game collapsed again and could not take advantage of any of the string of chances that Aly presented him with.

Aly snatched frame three on the final colors and took the fourth frame to claim a 3-1 victory that would have left Fung deeply disappointed.

Elsewhere, the 2000 Champion Ajeya Prabhakar made very light work of Shashidhar Pasupulati as he booked his quarterfinal berth with a comfortable 3-0 win, which was also the same scoreline for Jeff Szafransky over Alex Kopel and for the impressive Sargon Isaac over Cheang Ciing Yoo.

The 2007 Champion Jack Kung is also proving to be a major threat for the title, as although he was docked a frame for arriving late for his round of 16 encounter with Chicago's Vaishal Talati, the Californian proceeded to win the following three frames for a 3-1 success.

Arizona's Romil Azemat is hoping to improve on his runner-up finish back in 2006, as he scored an impressive 3-1 win over the 2008 runner-up, Jian Qiang Wang of New York, and he has now set up a repeat of the quarterfinal of 2010 when he faced Aly.

Ernst Bezemer continues to make solid progress as he moved into a quarterfinal against Kung by defeating Michael Chan 3-1, but the championship bid farewell to the five-times former winner, Tom Kollins, as he lost to Kwan Wai Kon 3-1.

Round Of 16
Match ID Player   Player
K1 Jack Kung (California) 3 - 1 Vaishal Talati (Illinois)
K2 Ernst Bezemer (Texas) 3 - 1 Michael Chan (California)
K3 Kwan Wai Kon (California) 3 - 1 Tom Kollins (Illinois)
K4 Sargon Isaac (California) 3 - 0 Cheang Ciing Yoo (Washington)
K5 Ajeya Prabhakar (California) 3 - 0 Shashidhar Pasupulati (California)
K6 Alex Kopel (California) 0 - 3 Jeff Szafransky (California)
K7 Ahmed Aly Elsayed (New York) 3 - 1 Raymond Fung (New York)
K8 Romil Azemat (Arizona) 3 - 1 Jian Qiang Wang (New York)

The complete Quarterfinals draw is as follows:

Match ID Player   Player
QF1 Jack Kung (California) vs. Ernst Bezemer (Texas)
QF2 Kwan Wai Kon (California) vs. Sargon Isaac (California)
QF3 Ajeya Prabhakar (California) vs. Jeff Szafransky (California)
QF4 Ahmed Aly Elsayed (New York) vs. Romil Azemat (Arizona)

The quarterfinal match currently being streamed live is the tie between Ajeya Prabhakar and Jeff Szafransky.
Live stream link

The winner and the runner-up from the Championship will gain automatic selection to represent the United States in this year's IBSF World Snooker Championship, which is to be held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, from November 4-16.

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