Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh won his first professional title by beating Liang Wenbo 8-2 in the final of the SangSom Six Red World Championship.
World number 47 Un-Nooh delighted his fans in Bangkok by dominating the final against China’s Liang, winning seven frames in a row from 2-1 down. His top break was 55 as he cruised to his first title on the World Snooker Tour and a prize of 2.5 million Baht, around £45,000.
Un-Nooh, age 30, established himself as one to watch in 2008 when he won the world amateur title. He turned pro in 2009, but struggled to fulfill his potential in his first few years on tour. Last season was the best of his career as he reached the semi-finals of the Indian Open ranking event and the final of the Xuzhou Open Asian Tour event, climbing into the world’s top 50 for the first time.
Liang stalled after going 2-1 up in the final
And now he has secured his first trophy, having come through the group phase before knocking out Stuart Bingham, Judd Trump, Boonyarit Kaettikun, Noppon Saenkgham and world number 21 Liang.
Un-Nooh’s victory could also earn him a place at the Champion of Champions event in Coventry in November.
The snooker action continues on Monday with the Bank of Communications OTO Shanghai Masters – for the British Eurosport schedule click here