Raymond Fung won the United States National Snooker Championship for the first time by beating Ahmed Aly Elsayed 5-4 in the final in New York.
Fung was runner-up in the tournament in 2004 and 2014 and lost in the semi-finals in 2015 and 2016. But he finally captured his maiden title at the end of a dramatic final.
Three-time champion Aly came from 3-0 and 4-2 down to 4-4, making a top break of 69, and he led 36-12 in the decider. But he missed a black off its spot which proved crucial as Fung hit back to win on the colours.
Both players have gained automatic selection to represent the United States at this year’s International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Snooker Championship.
Alan Morris, the Executive Director of the USSA, said: “The New York Athletic Club has really set the bar incredibly high as a Championship host. My congratulations go to Ray, who achieved his ambition by winning the highest-quality Championship ever staged.”
Results from quarter-finals:
Ajeya Prabhakar (California) bt. Omar Balsara (Virginia) 4 – 1
Raymond Fung (New York) bt. Laszlo Kovacs (New York) 4 – 1
Renat Denkha (Illinois) bt. Ian O’Mahony (New York) 4 – 0
Ahmed Aly Elsayed (New York) bt. Saif Ibrahim (Michigan) 4 – 0
Fung bt. Prabhakar 4 – 3
Aly bt. Denkha 4 – 3
Fung bt. Aly 5 – 4