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Thailand Lost Winning Streak At Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship 2016



The 2016 ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship is an amateur snooker tournament that is took place from 1 March to 8 March 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the 17th edition of the ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship and also doubles as a qualification event for the World Snooker Tour.

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The tournament was won by Wang Yuchen of China who defeated Thailand’s Ratchayothin Yotharuck 6:5 in the final to win the championship. Wang was given a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 seasons. He became the first Chinese winner of the Asian Under 21’s Snooker Championship since 2011.

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Wang’s win didn’t come as a surprise as he was consistent through the tournament. Only Thailand’s Phuttakarn Kimsuk had a marginally better record from the round robin stage, although he was eliminated in the last 16. On the other hand, Yotharuck has an amazing track record, having played 2 seasons as a professional and won 27 more matches than Wang in their entire career. Unfortunately, Yotharuck failed to keep up his nation’s consecutive wins in the tournament since 2013.

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This also wasn’t the first time the 2 went head-to-head. Wang and Yotharuck were also in the last 32 of the 2015 World Under-21 Men’s Championships held in Romania, where Wang defeated Yotharuck with a score of 5:3.

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