Igor Figueiredo of Brazil snuffed out the last of Indian challenge in the ONGC-IBSF World Snooker Championship when he zipped past a distracted Kamal Chawla 6-1 to enter the men’s semifinals on Monday.
The 32-year old Figueiredo will next go up against China’s Yu Delu who dug himself out of a hole when trailing 1-4, then posted a brilliant 101 to beat Fung Kwok Wai of Hong Kong-China 6-5.
The other semifinal will be between title favourite Alfie Burden of England who took apart Anthony McGill of Scotland 6-1 and Phillip Williams of Wales who tamed the precocious Yuttapop Pakpoj of Thailand with a 6-3 decision.
Both the semifinals will be played Tuesday over 13 frames and split into two sessions.
The focus was obviously on the Figueiredo vs Chawla match that, however, turned out to be disappointingly one sided with the Brazilian, who moved to Germany about six months ago to pursue a career in snooker, out-potting his 30-year old opponent from Bhopal.
Nicknamed Tiger, Figueiredo, who sports a tattoo of the animal on his left upper arm, was in a league of his own through the match that also highlighted Chawla’s lack of focus and inconsistency.
The one slim chance that Chawla had was in the fifth frame that the Brazilian took on a fluked black after making up a sizeable deficit with the help of a couple of snookers.
“I just could not focus today. I am not sure what went wrong with my game. I was missing even ball-to-ball potting,” said Chawla.