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Prabhakar snatches Doha defeat from jaws of victory
filed on Thursday, November 23, 2017.   11:08am PT/USA

Ajeya Prabhakar let slip a 3-0 advantage to go out in the round of 64 of the Men's Event of the 2017 International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championships at the Al-Arabi Sports Complex in Doha, Qatar.

It was for the second year in succession that Prabhakar has suffered a defeat in the round of 64, however on this occasion after holding such a commanding lead it will come as a huge disappointment not to have progressed.

Prabhakar was up against Jack Bradford, who qualified for the round of 64 by finishing runner-up in Group D, in this race-to-four frames tie and the first two frames proved incredibly tight but it was Prabhakar who pinched them both on the final black ball.

Frame three was much more convincing for Prabhakar which put him with a golden opportunity to win the tie, but the 26-year-old Welshman got off the mark when he decisively won the fourth frame to trail 3-1.

Prabhakar found himself 3-1 up in the semifinals of this year's United States National Snooker Championship against the eventual champion Raymond Fung, and he let that lead slip to a 4-3 defeat.

The San Jose, California, resident probably had his best opportunity to wrap up the match in frame five, but lost it right at the end and Bradford easily took the following two frames to win the tie 4-3 and he will now take on Australia's former IBSF World Snooker Champion, Steve Mifsud, in the round of 32.

Alan Morris, the Executive Director of the United States Snooker Association (USSA), commented: "I am deeply disappointed that Ajeya was unable to get over the line and book his place in the round of 32, as it would have been fantastic for snooker in the United States on this Thanksgiving Day.

"But I have nothing but praise for Ajeya and his efforts this year and for the way he has performed. During the National Championship he told me that he had not been playing well due to lack of practice so he did not expect much of himself, so to reach the semifinals in New York and to advance from his group in Doha is testament to his character and ability."

"I would also like to thank Ahmed Aly Elsayed and Omar Balsara for their fine performances in Doha, and for representing snooker in the United States," he concluded.

Aly's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group F Match 1: November 18, 10am start - lost to Ko Htet (Myanmar) 0 - 4
Group F Match 2: November 19, 1pm start - defeated Emad Seif (Yemen) 4 - 0
Group F Match 3: November 20, 10am start - lost to Mateusz Baranowski (Poland) 2 - 4
Group F Match 4: November 21, 1pm start - lost to Muhammad Asif (Pakistan) 0 - 4
Group F Match 5: November 22, 10am start - defeated E. Pandurangaiah (India) 4 - 1

Prabhakar's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group H Match 1: November 18, 4pm start - defeated Amir Abushamsiya (Palestine) 4 - 2
Group H Match 2: November 19, 4pm start - defeated Enes Bakirci (Turkey) 4 - 0
Group H Match 3: November 20, 4pm start - lost to Siyavosh Mozayani (Iran) 0 - 4
Group H Match 4: November 21, 1pm start - defeated Ka Wai Cheung (Hong Kong) 4 - 0
Group H Match 5: November 22, 10am start - defeated Mihai Vladu (Romania) 4 - 3
Round of 64: November 23, 5pm start - lost to Jack Bradford (Wales) 3 - 4

Balsara's Men's Event playing schedule:
(start times are stated in local time, +11 hrs PT in the United States)
Group C Match 1: November 18, 10am start - lost to Matthew Roberts (Wales) 2 - 4
Group C Match 2: November 19, 10am start - lost to Amir Sarkhosh (Iran) 3 - 4
Group C Match 3: November 21, 10am start - lost to Bashar Abdulmajeed (Qatar) 3 - 4
Group C Match 4: November 22, 10am start - lost to Yazan Alhadad (Syria) 2 - 4

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