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Hossein Vafaei Negotiates Early Scottish Open Tie

The Iranian will feature at the venue stages of the ranking event in December.

Hossein Vafaei beat Fan Zhengyi 4-2 in the qualifying round of the Scottish Open on Sunday at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

The 26 year-old, a former world amateur champion, took advantage of his opponent’s late arrival – with Fan docked a frame for turning up late for the fixture.

Vafaei subsequently won the opening two frames to lead 3-0, and despite a late rally from the Chinese competitor, he held on with a break of 68 sealing his place in the last 64 of the Scottish Open.

Three of Fan’s countrymen fared a lot better, with Li Hang, Xu Si, and Wu Yize all managing to emerge unscathed from their preliminary-round encounters.

Wu secured a particularly impressive victory against world number 27 Kurt Maflin, while Xu got the better of compatriot Lu Ning in what was generally a scrappy affair.

Li, meanwhile, was in no mood to hang around as he thumped veteran Nigel Bond with a 4-0 scoreline that included breaks of 92 and 58.

Elsewhere, Sunny Akani got the other bagel of the day thanks to a 4-0 drubbing of Lukas Kleckers, while Robbie Williams overcame Soheil Vahedi 4-2.

Sanderson Lam defied his amateur status to prevail in a nail-biting decider with Jamie Clarke, and Ukrainian teenager Iulian Boiko won his first match this season with a 4-2 triumph against Louis Heathcote.

On Monday, the Scottish Open qualifying action continues with Stephen Hendry, Ryan Day, Graeme Dott, and Luca Brecel among those set to participate.

Live coverage continues on Eurosport and via the Matchroom.Live streaming service.

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Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. There was also a great win for Iulian Boiko against Louis Heathcote. Like Wu, Boiko almost choked the match away, but got another chance. It’s not easy for young players to get wins at this level!

    Fan’s century showed a change of policy. He actually played very well, and had a chance to force a decider. He’s so talented, it’s a shame what has happened to him. But Hossein Vafaei also played very well, going for everything and making some spectacular pots. As for the docked frame, I must say I have no idea what time these matches are supposed to start – they have frequently been 10 or 20 minutes earlier than advertised. Perhaps Fan was also confused.

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