Second seed Mohammed Al Joaker marched into the last 16 round of the Rosy Blue UAE Snooker Ranking Circuit's third event after registering a convincing 4-2 victory over Ahmed Abdulqader on Sunday night at the Dubai Snooker Club.
Also showing form in Sunday night's last 32 round encounters was veteran Altaf Noor Rashed, who routed Tareq Mattar 4-1. Rashed takes on in-form Mohammed Hussain in his next match.
Englishman Darren Taylor had a tough time taming Morocco No. 1 Chaouki Yousufi 4-3 in their last 32 round battle.
Marwan Ibrahim, hoping for a place on the UAE national snooker team at the end of the event, also struggled against Mubarak Al Suawaidi on Sunday night before going through to the last 16 stage with the help of a close 4-3 victory. Marwan meets Taylor on Tuesday evening.
Al Joaker was under a lot of pressure at the start of his match against Abdulqader, the man who had beaten him at the quarter-final stage of the first tournament.
The opening frame was a low-scoring but close affair which was eventually won by Al Joaker.
Abdulqader did put up a fight and made things difficult for Al Joaker in every frame but still failed to prevent his opponent from scoring a fine 4-2 victory.
The tough game should prove to be a good tune-up for Al Joaker for his last 16 round battle with talented Abdur Rahman Saif on Tuesday night.
While Saif, runner-up at the first ranking event in February, had been a bit rusty in his last 32 round match on Saturday night, missing some easy pots, he remains fully capable of making things tough for Al Joaker.
Al Joaker, runner-up at the second tournament in March, is keen to hold to on to his No. 2 spot in the national rankings, but can expect some grueling battles in the lead up to the final, which is scheduled place on Saturday afternoon.
The last 16 round matches were to be contested on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the same venue.