Hossein Sets Up Doherty Challenge - World Snooker Championship 2016

Hossein Sets Up Doherty Challenge - World Snooker Championship 2016

Iranian professional Hossein Vafaei Ayouri has beaten Tian Pengfei to set up an exciting second round World Snooker Championship qualifying match against Ken Doherty.

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World number 98 Hossein beat Dominic Dale at the start of the season to qualify for the Australian Open, but has shown little form since. He pulled off the biggest win of his career late last night against the dangerous Tian, fighting from 4-1 down to win four of the last five frames with top breaks of 110 and 73 to win 10-7 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

After such a great win, many punters will fancy a gamble on the 21-year-old who next takes on 1997 world champion Doherty. The popular BBC pundit has had a poor season by his standards, slipping down to 52nd in the rankings, however he'll be pleased with his result against former Crucible semifinalist Andy Hicks, 10-6 with a 109 break and four other breaks over 50.  

Kyren Wilson SnookerShanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson looked very comfortable in his 10-3 win over Jason Weston, making seven breaks over 50. It was heartbreak for fellow Englishman Jimmy White however, the six-time World Snooker Championship runner-up, squandered a 9-6 lead to lose 10-9 against Gerard Greene.

Other notable results yesterday include 2006 world champion Graeme Dott finishing with a 103 break in beating English amateur Brandon Sargeant 10-8 and two-time Crucible finalist Matthew Stevens made two centuries in his comfortable 10-2 victory over Ireland's John Boileau.

For all the latest scores and results from the World Snooker Championship 2016 qualifers, head to snooker.org.

Posted Apr 8, 2016
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