Iranian snooker player, Hossein Vafaei

Hossein Vafaei became the first Iranian winner of a ranking tournament when beating Mark Williams in the final of the Snooker Shoot Out.

Iran PressEurope: Vafaei, who suffered a family bereavement earlier in the week, produced a brilliant play at the Morningside Arena. He kicked off the event with a break of 123, which proved to be the high break of the week and was worth £5,000, and carried that form all the way through.

His one scare came in the semi-finals, and he appeared down and out as Liang Wenbo raced into a 48-point lead but miscued on a routine black. The miscue was so bad Liang missed the black completely and the foul-handed ball-in-hand to Vafaei, who made no mistake to book his spot in the final.

In the final, Williams played one shot - the break - and that was it as Vafaei crunched in a long red and picked off a break of 71 to win the title.

Vafaei, who has played as Iran's top professional snooker player against the best in the world, is also ranked 42nd in the professional rankings.


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