Lertsattayatthorn Shines at Sangsom 6-Red World Championships
Thai amateur Kritsanut Lertsattayatthorn shone very brightly at last weeks Sangsom 6-red world championships in Thailand. The 25-year-old seemingly struggled to get through the group stages but then went on a run that saw him reach the semi-finals for the biggest payday of his snooker career.
His round-robin group actually saw him lose to Mark Williams, John Higgins and Welsh amateur Jamie Rhys Clarke, but, wins over Australian, Adrian Ridley and Moroccan amateur Chaouki Yousfi was enough to see him into the last 32.
In the Last 32 he defeated Welshman Ryan Day 6-4 to set up a match with the double defending champion in Mark Davis of England. Davis was of course trying to create his own piece of history by going for his third straight Sangsom title in an event he has dominated over the last two seasons. The World number 18 though found this battling Thai amateur too much on this occasion with Lertsattayatthorn running out a comfortable 6-2 winner.
Into the quarter-finals and Lertsattayatthorn came up against John Higgins, one of the professionals that had already defeated him in the group stage. This time though the amateur got the upper hand with a 7-4 win that booked him into the semi-finals where he would play another Scot in Stephen Maguire.
The semi’s was where the run ended though as he capitulated by 7 frames to 2 against Maguire, but in the process he picked up £10,000 for his troubles.
Maguire himself went on to win the tournament and received a cheque for £50,000 for winning the title in a very close-fought win over Ricky Walden. The match went to the final frame and in a tense finale Maguire got across the line.
Full Results (Snooker.org)