Shehab wins fourth snooker ranking crown in a row

Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker pose with their trophies Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker pose with their trophies

Mohamed Shehab cast aside all doubts about his top billing by scoring an emphatic 4-0 victory over Mohammed Al Joaker in the final of the Ahmed Seddiqi UAE Snooker Ranking Circuit's fourth event at Dubai Snooker Club on Wednesday evening.

 

This is the fourth straight national title for Shehab and the victory on Wednesday evening has given him an unassailable lead at the top national rankings.

 

Besides, the upshot has extended Shehab's fantastic unbeaten run in the circuit to 20 matches and he also the holds the honour of capturing the highest break award in all four ranking tournaments staged so far. Shehab had scored a 101-point break in the last 32 stage of the tournament last week.

 

The way young Khalid Kamali had challenged Shehab in the semifinals on Tuesday night before going down 4-3 had left some gurus doubting his chances against Al Joaker. However, Shehab proved them all wrong with a splendid show.

 

Shehab, a former Asian Indoor Games gold medallist, said: "I have been pretty low on confidence since the Arab Championship [last month] where I could not defend my singles title.

 

"I felt certain amount of pressure and it did have a bearing on my performance in the tournament. I am relieved to have won again as it is a big boost for me before heading for the 2012 World Championship in Bulgaria next month.

 

"Although the scoreline does not reflect it so, Al Joaker played very well today and deserved to have at least a couple of frames to his credit. However, he was, for some reason, unable to avail the chances he had."

 

Shehab seemed to be at ease with game throughout the match.

 

The first three frames were very close and could have gone either way but it was Shehab who was able to pot the crucial balls when it mattered the most. The fourth was low scoring affair and it ended in Shehab's favour as well after a long bout of safeties.

 

Al Joaker, whose performance in the tournament had been exceptional until the final, has now regained the second spot in the national rankings, dislodging Abdulrahman Saif to third place.

 

Both Shehab and Al Joaker will now be representing the UAE at the 2012 IBSF World Snooker Championships in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia from November 24 to December 4.

 

The fifth and last ranking event of the 2012 Ahmed Seddiqi UAE Snooker Ranking Circuit will take place in December at Dubai Snooker Club.