Thai snooker star Thepchaiya Un-Nooh has secured his spot in the final of the Six Red World Championship in his home country, after beating Hossein Vafaei in an intense semi-final match-up.
Un-Nooh, who is ranked 45th in the world, is the only Thai player to have won the Six Red World Championship, having claimed victory in the 2015 final against Liang Wenbo. He will face either Ding Junhui or Tom Ford in the final, where a prize of over £100,000 and a dazzling trophy awarded by the King of Thailand will be up for grabs.
Un-Nooh’s opponent, Vafaei of Iran, can take pride in a strong performance throughout the tournament, which included a victory over snooker legend John Higgins and a thrilling quarter-final defeat of Judd Trump. However, Un-Nooh proved to be too tough a challenge, battling back from a 5-2 deficit to win 7-6 in front of a raucous home crowd.
The match had its share of drama, with Un-Nooh mounting a comeback after a crucial missed shot by Vafaei. Un-Nooh’s break of 59 in the eleventh frame kept him in the game, and a missed opportunity by Vafaei on the colors in the twelfth frame set up a tense decider. Un-Nooh seized the opportunity to dominate the final frame and clinch the victory.
After the match, Un-Nooh expressed his relief and gratitude to his family and fans for their support. He also shared his excitement for the final, stating that it would be a huge moment for him to win the Six Red World Championship on home soil after an eight-year wait.
With the final set to take place soon, Un-Nooh is sure to be a top pick for the title, given his impressive performance in the tournament so far. Fans will be eagerly watching to see if he can reclaim his title and cement his place as one of Thailand’s most celebrated snooker players