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Published: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 8:25:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 13, 2013 MYT 8:27:23 PM

Fatigue gets the better of snooker pair Thor-Moh

Thor Chuan Leong lines a shot as partner Moh Keen Hoo watches on. The Malaysian pair had to settle for a bronze after falling to Thai professionals Issara Kachiawong-Pramual Jantad in the semi-finals of the snooker doubles event at the SEA Games.

Thor Chuan Leong lines a shot as partner Moh Keen Hoo watches on. The Malaysian pair had to settle for a bronze after falling to Thai professionals Issara Kachiawong-Pramual Jantad in the semi-finals of the snooker doubles event at the SEA Games.

NAYPYITAW: A four-hour opening match. Only 15 minutes break. And plenty of miscues.

All these led to Malaysia’s failure to defend the snooker doubles gold with heavy favourites Thor Chuan Leong and Moh Keen Hoo settling for the bronze – and a heavily bruised pride.

On Friday, Chuan Leong-Keen Hoo lost 3-0 in the best of five games to former Thai professionals Issara Kachiawong-Pramual Jantad in the semi-finals.

In the opening round, the duo were involved in a marathon battle with Indonesia’s Rudy Sulaeman-Yoni Rachmanto and the Malaysians prevailed 3-2 after four hours.

They only had a 15-minute break before taking on Thailand, who were fresh and ready after receiving a walkover in their opening round. The Malaysian pair were no challenge for the Thais, who kept hitting the pockets accurately.

Th 25-year-old Chuan Leong, who was a gold medallist with veteran Sam Chong at the SEA Games in Palembang two years ago, was disappointed that he could not rise to the occasion with his new partner Keen Hoo.

“We played badly today. For me, I think, this is worst performance in all my SEA Games appearances,” said Chuan Leong, who has represented the country since the 2007 Games in Korat.

Keen Hoo, who is playing in his first major international tournament since winning a gold medal at the 2007 Korat Games, said that the short break between the quarter-final and semi-final was not sufficient.

“Thailand went in with an advantage because they did not have to play the opening game while we battled for four hours. Mentally we were tired but were only given 15 minutes before the semi-finals.” he said.

“I played badly too. I lost my touch and could not get it right ... no matter how hard I tried to concentrate.

“Chuan Leong and I will try to bounce back in the singles tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Klaudia Djajale and Suhana Dewi Sabtu performed poorly to crash out in the opening round of the women’s 9-ball pool event.

Tags / Keywords: snooker, SEA Games, Malaysia, Myanmar, Naypyitaw, Nyapidaw, Thor Chuan Leong, Moh Keen Hoo

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