KARACHI: World champion Mohammad Asif fell in the semi-finals stage of the Mukdahan Cup Snooker Tournament, a part of the Sangsom Ranking Circuit 2013, at the River City Hotel in Mukdahan on Saturday.
According to the details made available by the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Federation (PBSF), Pisit Jansri of Thailand overpowered the 2012 IBSF world champion 4-1 with the frame scores of 64-29, 85-34, 131-0, 51-57, 69-27.
The 30-year-old Asif, who had played exceedingly well in the earlier three matches, ran out of steam to be blown away just like the Pakistan cricket team were thousands of miles away in Johannesburg around the same time.
A break of 32 helped Jansri claim the opening frame despite Asif’s late break of 21. Successive breaks of 54 and 23 allowed the local cueist to go 2-0 up rather quickly. He performed even better with the breaks of 52 and 78 in the third frame to make the contest a one-sided affair.
Jansri appeared on course to whip the world champion in straight frames when he began with a break of 27 in the fourth frame, but Asif fought back with a break of 28.
Asif was still in danger of being routed in straight frames when his rival made it 51-32 with 25 points remaining on the table.
Jansri, at this stage, made an odd mistake and Asif cashed it to open his account.
Jansri began the fifth frame with a break of 19 which was neutralized by Asif’s break of 25.
Another break of 42 put the local cueist 61-25 in front with only a red left. Asif needed three snookers, but was unable to do the trick with his opponent potting the green and brown to win the frame and the match.