Iran hope Asian glory will boost snooker in the country

Denzil Pinto 11:54 28/05/2016
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Iran's winning duo.

Vahedi and Amir Sarkosh stunned pre-tournament favourites India, led by Aditya Mehta and Pankaj Advani, to win a thrilling 3-2 (53-65, 54-7, 77-1, 9-64, 74-4) final at the Novotel Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Thursday night.

While they had to work for the victory, Vahedi insists the title win can inspire more Iranian players to take up the sport.

“The country has now started to value the game and I think this will help the game to grow in Iran,” he said.

“There are many good players in our country and with this win, it can help to believe that they can do do it as well. Most importantly, it’s good for the game and it is now starting to become popular.

“I think braveness was key to our success. You have to go for your shot and serve the ability to see if you can do it and just go for your shots and don’t turn them down.”

Vahedi won both his frames against India’s No1 Mehta and Advani, who claimed the individual crown on Sunday.
And he insists he can take a lot of confidence from the two frames.

“When you beat them, you feel like you can do this,” he said. “You just have to keep pushing and there was a massive point of confidence. I potted some good balls and improved my standard of play. Overall it was a good experience for me.”

Advani, the 30-year-old, winner of the IBSF World Championship in 2003, lauded Vahedi’s display.

He said: “Vahedi went for it and he got all his shots. It’s an attacking game that doesn’t work every time. And when you pot balls like that you deserve to win.

“Their strategy was to go on the offensive and it worked. In the end, you got to play the right shots. I am not saying he played the wrong shots but he was so confident and got away with everything. Sometimes your opponent just out thinks you.”

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