Un-Nooh Becomes Six Red World Champion

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh delighted the home crowd as he captured the Six Red World Championship with an 8-2 defeat of Liang Wenbo in Bangkok.

Thepchaiya Un-NoohThe 30 year-old was 1-0 and 2-1 down early on to his Chinese opponent but rattled off seven frames in succession to grab global glory and the £45,000 winner’s cheque.

Un-Nooh, who has been a professional on the Main Tour since 2009, has rarely threatened in the more traditional 15-red format and has only played one match so far this season, although improved his performances last campaign by reaching a final of an Asian Tour event and the last four of the Indian Open.

The 2008 world amateur champion, Un-Nooh recorded triumphs over Crucible world champion Stuart Bingham and former world no.1 Judd Trump to reach the quarter-finals, before a brace of victories over fellow Thais brought him to the final.

In the showpiece match, Un-Nooh dominated despite finding himself adrift early on, and coasted to victory with a high break of 72 in the final.

The six red version hasn’t kicked off as many predicted it would a decade or so ago, but it is popular in countries like Thailand so Un-Nooh’s success will certainly prove popular there.

It will be interesting to see if the confidence Un-Nooh gains from this win will translate into better results on the regular circuit.

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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.