Pakpoj, Shahbaz advance

Yuttapop, who thus nailed down a quarterfinal berth, dominated from the very first frame with breaks 44, 61 and a 108 in the fourth.India’s Shahbaz Khan also advanced to the quarterfinals, registering a comfortable win over compatriot Mundir Sherazi 4-1. Shahbaz also crafted some fascinating breaks of 62 in first, 56 in fourth and 80 in the fifth frame. Shahbaz will now meet Liu Chuang of China in his last-eight encounter.
The Asian Billiards Championship got under way on Sunday with Devendra Joshi overpowering Vietnam’s Nguyen Thanh Binh 3-1 in the opening match.

Later in the afternoon, Sethi trooped out an easy 3-0 winner over Thawat Sujaritthurakarn of Thailand with breaks of 87, 68 and 59.

Results: U-21 snooker, pre-quarterfinals: Yuttapop Pakpoj (Thai) bt Wong Yun Shing (HK) 4-0 (66(44)-33, 106(61,44)-16, 77-16, 133(108)-0); Shahbaz Khan (Ind) bt Mundir Sherazi (Ind) 4-1 (76(62)-28, 64-17, 46-54, 86(56)-7, 110(80)-1); Liu Chuang (Chn) bt Lu Hao Tian (Chn) 4-2 (80-51, 8-74(67), 79)59)-0, 3-56, 51-41, 69-13); Li Yan (China) beat Chinnapat Kamsad (Thai) 4-0 (76(62)-28, 64-17, 46-54, 86-7, 110(80)-1); Thanawat T (Thai) bt Asjad Iqbal (Pak) 4-0 (57-15, 73-37, 69-62, 58-46); Pachara Mayone (Thai) bt Karam Fatima (Syr) 4-0 (68(47)-41, 70-57, 100-16, 97(44)-23).

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